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