Be pre­pared: SES vol­un­teers on alert

Heavy rain and wind pre­dicted

Daily Mercury - - NEWS - RAINEE SHEPPERSON [email protected]­ly­mer­cury.com.au

IF it’s flooded, for­get it. This is the mes­sage the Mackay SES is urg­ing res­i­dents to re­mem­ber this week­end as Ex-Trop­i­cal Cy­clone Owen crosses the coast.

Act­ing Area con­troller for the Mackay re­gion SES Selina Neill said peo­ple should be aware of whether their prop­erty is prone to flood­ing.

“If your prop­erty has flooded be­fore, it is likely to hap­pen again,” she said.

“If you are not sure, you can visit the Mackay re­gional coun­cil web­site where you will find a flood map show­ing the most vul­ner­a­ble ar­eas.”

Ms Neill ad­vises the pub­lic to carry out a ‘gen­eral clean up’ in the lead up to heavy rain and wind. “Have a look around your yard, clean your gut­ters, check for over­hang­ing branches and tie down any loose ob­jects that might be­come pro­jec­tile in high winds,” she said.

“It’s im­por­tant to get prepa­ra­tions in place to pre­vent any dam­age. A lit­tle bit of work prior to a storm means less clean­ing up af­ter­wards.

“Stock­ing up on sand­bags and tarps is al­ways a good idea, par­tic­u­larly if you know you are in an area prone to flash flood­ing.”

The SES can of­ten re­ceive hun­dreds of calls in wild weather. Com­monly re­ceived calls are from peo­ple re­quir­ing as­sis­tance be­cause of flash flood­ing and storm dam­age such as tiles blown off roofs.

Ms Neill ad­vised res­i­dents to call SES if in dan­ger, but to re­mem­ber SES vol­un­teers pri­ori­tise their jobs.

“We can of­ten get very busy and must pri­ori­tise the peo­ple most in need such as the el­derly and dis­abled,” she said.

“If you are able bod­ied it is im­por­tant to get your­self pre­pared and look out for your fam­ily and friends.

“Stock up your emer­gency kit and stay in­doors dur­ing storm weather.”

■ Sand­bag stock­pile lo­ca­tions can be found on the coun­cil web­site. If you re­quire as­sis­tance dur­ing wild weather, phone the SES on 132500.

Photo: Tony Mar­tin

PRE­PARE: SES Vol­un­teer Ben Tay­lor pulls a tarp up over a Mackay Child­care Cen­tre.

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