Kyabram Free Press

SES: be ready for spring storms

- By Simon Ruppert

The Victoria State Emergency Service is reminding community members across the region to be ready for storms this spring.

Recent severe storms caused damage to trees, homes and powerlines and delivered enough rain to cause minor flooding in some rivers and saturate most of the north-east’s river catchments.

Storms are Australia’s most common emergency; they can happen anywhere and are more likely to happen from spring to summer, with power outages a common result of storm damage.

Different kinds of storms bring different kinds of damage and impacts, including powerful destructiv­e beware of dangerous damaged trees — avoid driving or exercising near trees during high winds. Never drive on flooded roads, it can take just 15 cm of flowing water to float a small car. If you must be on the roads, be alert to the risk of dangerous driving conditions.

2. Pick up a torch and a battery-powered radio, maybe a power bank for your phone or tablet, so you can see, stay connected, charged up, and informed during an emergency — and don’t forget spare batteries. For more about what to do before, during and after power outages, go to www.energy.vic.gov.au/safetyand-emergencie­s/power-outages

3. Stay informed and know how to access warnings — download the Vicemergen­cy app, and set a Watch Zone. Listen for warnings on your local Emergency Broadcaste­r Radio such as the ABC. Call the Vicemergen­cy Hotline 1800 226 226 or follow Facebook.com/vicemergen­cy or twitter.com/vicemergen­cy

4. Know your neighbours. They can be so important in an emergency. You can work together, support each other, share supplies or a generator, or just keep each other informed about what is happening and any emergency support arrangemen­ts.

5. If your home or business is storm-damaged, remember that leaving for a safer place such as a family or friend’s house is still okay to do, in line with any COVID-19 restrictio­ns.

If you require emergency assistance during a flood or storm, call SES on 132 500. If your emergency is life-threatenin­g call 000.

For more about how to Be Ready for Storm or Flood visit www.ses.vic.gov.au/get-ready

For the latest emergency informatio­n and warnings visit emergency.vic.gov.au

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The SES is reminding people to be prepared for the effects of spring storms.

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