Expert talks held in Lake Macquarie next month will help shed light on flooding and tidal inundation risks in Pelican, Blacksmiths and Swansea, and how residents can prepare for natural disasters.

The first ‘Let’s Talk’ event, held Tuesday 7 May, includes presentations from the SES and Lake Macquarie City Council about preparing for natural disasters and community evacuation plans.

The forum will cover a range of topics, including natural hazards such as storms and floods, evacuation processes and how to protect assets at home and work.

Council acting Environmental Systems Manager Dean Chapman said it was important for the community to be aware of natural disasters and prepare for them.

“Events like the April 2015 super-storm really highlight how helpful it is to be prepared and ensure everyone in your family knows what to do in the event of a natural disaster,” Mr Chapman said.

The second ‘Let’s Talk’ session, held Monday 13 May, includes a presentation by coastal and environmental engineering expert Dr David Wainwright.

Dr Wainwright will talk about findings from a Council-commissioned assessment gauging coastal hazards and potential for damage in Pelican, Blacksmiths and Swansea.

Mr Chapman said the assessment examined flooding and tidal inundation risks.

“This study will form the basis of a cost-benefit analysis in coming months, looking at some of the measures available to minimise risks to the community,” Mr Chapman said.

The Tuesday 7 May session will be held 5.30-7pm at The Swansea Centre.

The Monday 13 May session will also be held 5.30-7pm at The Swansea Centre.

Admission to both events is free, with light refreshments provided. Bookings are not required.