SES sup­port­ing Queens­lan­ders

Isis Town and Country - - Kolan News -

GIN Gin SES has been hard at work and in the past six months clocked up over 2000 hours in train­ing, com­mu­nity sup­port and as­sist­ing Queens­land po­lice.

Act­ing lo­cal con­troller Kel­lie Bol­stad said her ded­i­cated vol­un­teers had worked hard since July plan­ning and train­ing for storm sea­son.

“Last year SES vol­un­teers put in over a mil­lion hours sup­port­ing all Queens­lan­ders,” Mrs Bol­stad said.

“The past few weeks has been busy for the SES all around the re­gion.”

The storm sea­son had ar­rived and many house­holds were still not pre­pared.

“I can’t stress enough the im­por­tance of be­ing storm-ready,” she said.

In the last few weeks many lo­cals were caught un­awares by the freak storm that swept the re­gion, caus­ing ex­ten­sive dam­age to schools, homes and farms.

“It should be a re­minder to be pre­pared,” Mrs Bol­stad said.

The SES is urg­ing Queens­lan­ders not to leave it to the last mo­ment to pre­pare.

“Panic shop­ping is the big­gest mis­take we can make,” Mrs Bol­stad said.

“Plan­ning for the worst is in the best in­ter­est for you, your fam­ily and the com­mu­nity.

“Hav­ing all your es­sen­tials and ba­sic needs will get you through the hard­est of times.”

Mrs Bol­stad said flash floods were com­mon in our re­gion and it hap­pened with­out warn­ing.

“We all think it won’t hap­pen to me. Fact is, it does,” she said.

“Ev­ery year I drum it into my unit to be storm-ready. It wouldn’t look good if they needed to call be­cause they weren’t pre­pared.”

The SES is also en­cour­ag­ing the com­mu­nity to be­come a vol­un­teer. The train­ing will teach you how to pre­pare, and safety is the SES’s top pri­or­ity.

For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion phone 132 500 or visit emer­gency.qld.gov.au.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

WILD STORM: In the Goodnight Scrub, a car­a­van copped a beat­ing from the freak storm last.

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