Spot­light shines on our SES vol­un­teers

Isis Town and Country - - News - Jodie Dixon Jodie.Dixon@isistc­news.com.au

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.

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