Long time residents like Olive Cole have lived through many bushfires and floods over the years.
Ms Cole was one of many seniors who took part in Bega Valley Meals on Wheels' workshop on emergency action planning on Wednesday as part of this year's NSW Seniors Festival.
Bega Valley Meals on Wheels manager David Atkins said given the recent bushfires and floods, having elderly residents as prepared as possible for any future evacuations or natural disasters is beneficial.
He said the workshops will also involve educating seniors on how to use the NSW Rural Fire Services Fires Near Me mobile phone application.
Throughout the day there were information sessions from firefighters, NSW Police and Bega Valley Shire mayor Kristy McBain, with entertainment provided by The Wobbles Ukelele Orchestra.
"I've been through fires and floods before, many times. I lived out on a dairy farm at Cobargo for many years until my husband died and I moved to Bega," Ms Cole said.
The festival runs from February 12 to 23, with events on across the region, some of which are funded by local government grants.
This year $10,000 was given to community groups to encourage active and healthy communities where seniors can enjoy "a culturally rich and vibrant community life", council said.
Events are free, engaging and accessible for all senior members of our community, whether it's art and crafts, music, social activities, or health and fitness.
"The terrarium-making class at the Bega Valley Shire Library proved popular, with a number of seniors learning how to create miniature gardens in glass containers," council said.
"Others attended a film about Twofold Bay at the Sapphire Coast Marine Discovery Centre in Eden and a disaster planning workshop in Bega with the local fire brigade, police and emergency services."
The festival program also includes a film-making workshop, seated yoga classes, coastal village tours, origami, archery and a 1960s music appreciation session.