Pre­par­ing for storm sea­son

Isis Town and Country - - Kolan News -

OVER the past 10 weeks the Gin Gin SES had been get­ting the com­mu­nity ready for storm sea­son. Each week the SES pro­vided help­ful hints, tips and sug­ges­tions to be storm ready.

Thurs­day, Septem­ber 17, saw the SES set them­selves up at dis­play at the front doors of IGA.

The ded­i­cated vol­un­teers aim to pre­pare the en­tire town of Queens­land’s most friendly town, Gin Gin.

Act­ing lo­cal con­troller Kel­lie Bol­stad said we all need to pre­pare our­selves, our fam­ily and our home.

The team spent the day, work­ing in shifts, greet­ing ev­ery shop­per, lo­cals and visi­tors, ask­ing the ques­tion: Are you storm ready?

The vol­un­teers handed out fly­ers, stick­ers, mag­nets and USB sticks.

The USB stick con­tained help­ful fact sheets and pic­tures for chil­dren to colour in. The USB can also be used to save im­por­tant doc­u­ments on.

“It’s sur­pris­ing to know, for ev­ery one per­son pre­pared there are 10 which are not,” Ms Rose said.

Ms Midge Rose is the act­ing deputy con­troller for the Gin Gin SES and said now Kel­lie and I have been trained as Vol­un­teer Com­mu­nity Ed­u­ca­tors (VCE) it’s im­por­tant we ac­tively get out and to raise aware­ness.

“Storms can hap­pen with­out warn­ing and this time of the year we all need to be ready,” Ms Rose said.

In the com­ing months the re­gion will ex­pe­ri­ence the typ­i­cal weather for Queens­land. Be­ing a sub-trop­i­cal re­gion flash floods and strong winds are com­mon.

“We re­ceived great sup­port from Gin Gin and the SES saw a mas­sive $300 placed into the do­na­tions tin,” Mrs Bol­stad said.

The money raised will go to­wards equip­ment for the unit.

“The vol­un­teers to­day, Ge­orge, Ch­eryl, Dean, Oliver and Lane should all be very proud of their ef­forts, get­ting the mes­sage out,” Ms Rose said.

The VCE is an im­por­tant course for the SES as it al­lows the vol­un­teers to ac­tively ed­u­cate the com­mu­nity, groups and schools.

“We would like to of­fer our skills to schools, kindy and so­cial groups, to do pre­sen­ta­tions on how to pre­pare and be storm ready,” Ms Rose said.

For more in­for­ma­tion phone Gin Gin SES on 4157 2525.

PHOTO: JODIE DIXON

BE PRE­PARED: Act­ing deputy con­troller Midge Rose and act­ing lo­cal con­troller Kel­lie Bol­stad are help­ing get the com­mu­nity ready be­fore storm sea­son hits.

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