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Dealing with Heatwaves in Southern Adelaide
On a very hot evening in early February, 2018, hundreds of community members came together to learn about how to deal with heatwaves at our event: Feeling Hot Hot Hot: Dealing with heatwaves in southern Adelaide.
Heatwaves affect everyone in our community and our diverse panel reflected this with representatives from a wide range of organisations including the State Emergency Services, SA Police, Red Cross, Bureau of Meteorology and the Hutt Street Centre. Our highly entertaining host, Amanda Blair, had the audience in stitches as she engaged the panel is a light-hearted but important conversation about the challenges of heatwaves and how to manage risks and support those most vulnerable. Some of the challenges they discussed included health impacts, blackouts, melting bitumen and catastrophic fire danger.
The event was attended by over 200 people from across the four Resilient South partner council areas (Onkaparinga, Mitcham, Marion and Holdfast Bay). The packed house demonstrated the community appetite for these kinds of conversations and we received so much positive feedback from the audience who said they were engaged, inspired and genuinely entertained. It was a truly wonderful night and the result of a huge collaborative effort.
We are now in discussions with the SES, Red Cross and Bureau of Meteorology about how we can share this model so that other regions can also host similar events.