Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

Steve Burg is the new lo­cal area com­man­der of the SES, folow­ing in the foot­steps of Bob Tay­lor. We caught up with Steve this week as the SES once again gears up for the cy­clone sea­son. A prob­lem, says Steve, is that the com­mu­nity has started to take cy­clone threats a bit less se­ri­ously. “Over the past four years we’ve had ma­jor cy­clones pre­dicted to hit us but they’ve slid past, and it’s led to com­pla­cency among some in the com­mu­nity. “Be­cause of the ones that missed us, peo­ple aren’t tak­ing the cy­clone sea­son se­ri­ously. “It’s a worry for the emer­gency ser­vices and the shire coun­cil. “The cy­clone sea­son has started and this week there’s al­ready been a weather sys­tem that could have de­vel­oped into one. “So peo­ple do need to pre­pare. “Peo­ple should en­sure that they have ad­e­quate sup­plies of food, medicines and all the es­sen­tials for three days. the gov­ern­ment says you should be self-suf­fi­cient for three days. That in­cludes food, wa­ter, medicines etc.” “Peo­ple out of town need to be bulk buy­ing sup­plies to last a month be­cause they could be cut off for that amount of time.” The lo­cal SES, as with many vol­un­teer or­gan­i­sa­tions, is al­ways on the look­out for new mem­bers. The Moss­man unit cov­ers the area from near El­lis Beach to the Dain­tree River and from Low Isles to Mt Mol­loy. Con­tact the SES on 4098 2630.

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