Spotlight shines on our SES volunteers
VOLUNTEERS are our unsung heroes in times of disaster.
Australians are known for their courage and determination in times of disaster and hardship.
Each year, the spotlight shines on the spirit of volunteering during SES Week.
All Queenslanders are given the opportunity to learn more about the SES and recognise the efforts of members in their local community during this momentous week.
It is a week of community education, engagement and celebration and the SES is urging residents to Get Ready.
SES Week will run from Saturday, October 15, to Sunday, October 23.
It is an excellent opportunity for the volunteers to raise public awareness of the dedication and commitment of SES members and the invaluable services they perform within their communities.
Celebrations include award ceremonies held state-wide throughout SES Week and culminating in the Queensland State Awards Ceremony in Brisbane on Sunday, October 23.
The award ceremonies provide a rare opportunity to say thank you to particular SES members who have clocked up several years of service, or to those who have undertaken their role in an exceptional way.
Childers SES local controller John Cottam said now was the time to prepare for storm season.
“Ensure you tidy up the yard and secure any items that could become airborne in high winds,” he said.
“Checking and cleaning roof guttering and down pipes regularly will prevent rain water from causing damage.
“In an emergency, don’t panic, if it’s life threatening call 000 or the SES on 132 500.”
The SES is the primary responder for storm and flood events in Queensland.
The SES also provides support to other agencies such as Queensland Police Service, including search and rescue, emergency traffic management and road crash rescue. PHOTO: DAVID NIELSEN
The SES becomes involved in preparing for, and responding to, many different types of disasters and emergencies.
We hear about it all the time; people who have left it too late to get ready and are relying on the SES for help.
By preparing ourselves better before disaster hits, we can help take the strain off the SES and let them focus on those who need help the most.
SES groups throughout Queensland will hold events during SES Week to celebrate all that is great about SES volunteers.
For information about SES events visit the website emergency.qld.gov.au/ses/
THERE TO HELP: SES crews cover the damaged roof of a house in Deebing Heights after it was struck by lightning.