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New South Wales #NSW | Emergency #Exercise in #Sydney CBD on Sunday 24 May

A major emergency management exercise will be carried out in the Sydney CBD tomorrow (Sunday 24 May) to test emergency management arrangements in case of an incident in the city

Exercise ‘Sydney CBD’ is a multi agency emergency management exercise involving more than 500 emergency service personnel commencing at 9:00am and concluding at midday.

The Sydney CBD Evacuation Sub Plan has been under review for the past 12 months and Sunday’s exercise is part of the review process and provides police and emergency service organisations with the guidance required in a range of events, including the need to move large numbers of people out of the city.

Those involved in the exercise include the NSW Police Force, Fire & Rescue NSW, Roads and Maritime Services, NSW Ambulance, Transport Management Centre, Transport for NSW, City of Sydney Council, NSW Health – Disaster/Crisis, the Ministry of Police and Emergency Services, Dept of Premier and Cabinet, and Surf Life Saving Australia.

300 volunteers from the RFS, SES and Surf Life Saving Australia will role play workers being evacuated.

New South Wales #NSW | Thank you to emergency services workers

Minister for Emergency Services David Elliott and Regional Recovery Coordinator Brigadier Darren Naumann today visited the Wyong State Emergency Service (SES) unit to thank volunteers who helped save lives and houses during the recent storms.

Mr Elliott said the NSW SES and other emergency services workers had been outstanding in the immediate aftermath and he was impressed with the recovery effort – but there is still a lot of work to do.

Wyong SES members have volunteered more than 5,000 hours to help the community in the past month and are continuing to respond to calls for assistance.

“Today, I have returned to the region to thank the brave men and women from the SES who continue to help their communities after the storms which hit NSW last month,” Mr Elliott said.

“I want to assure you that the recovery of storm-affected communities like Wyong is a priority for this Government and we will continue to support you – no matter how long it takes.”

Brigadier Naumann is helping prioritise the recovery response and has visited all 10 local government areas across the Hunter and Central Coast which have been declared natural disaster areas to understand their needs.

“Individuals and communities recover at different rates, but large parts of the region are back on their feet thanks to the efforts of SES volunteers and those of all response agencies,” Brigadier Naumann said.

“I would also like to congratulate all of the councils for rallying together and helping to drive the clean-up effort from the ground up.”

New South Wales #NSW | #Sydney #firefighters receive new high-tech helmets

Minister for Emergency Services David Elliott today announced firefighters at City of Sydney Fire Station are the first to receive new cutting-edge helmets as part of a rollout to Fire and Rescue NSW’s (FRNSW) 6,800 fire officers.

Mr Elliott and FRNSW Commissioner Greg Mullins visited the station as firefighters were fitted and trained for the high-tech helmets – the most advanced in Australia.

The helmets have an integrated radio microphone and ear piece so firefighters can communicate with commanders and also be heard more clearly while wearing self-contained breathing apparatus.

They also feature lighting, adjustable eye protection and improved safety from heat and falling debris.

“Our 6,800 firefighters deserve the best equipment when they are protecting the people and property of NSW and this is why the Liberals & Nationals Government invested $7 million in these new helmets,” Mr Elliott said.

Commissioner Mullins said FRNSW firefighters used their frontline experience to provide guidance to the project team on the ‘jet-style’ design and features required in a helmet.

“We considered what we needed in our ideal firefighting helmet and then took it to industry so they could work with us on developing a solution,” Commissioner Mullins said.

“Firefighters deal with life-threatening situations on a daily basis and know exactly what equipment they need to battle complex firefighting and rescue operations.”

FRNSW firefighters in the Hunter will be fitted for the helmets in the coming weeks and the rollout to all FRNSW firefighters will be complete by the end of the year.

New South Wales #NSW | Travellers reminded to get #flu vax after #outbreaks aboard cruise ships

NSW Health is urging anyone thinking of taking a holiday cruise to be vaccinated against influenza at least two weeks prior to departure, following several recent outbreaks on board ships arriving in Sydney.

NSW is experiencing markedly increased flu activity this year. Obtaining the annual flu vaccination is sound advice for all members of the community whether they are planning to travel by sea or air.

Particular care should be taken by cruise passengers who may be at increased risk due to the large numbers of people frequently mingling from all parts of the world, for longer periods of time and in close proximity to another.

Dr Vicky Sheppeard, Director, Communicable Diseases Branch, NSW Health, said since 1 February 2015, about 533 passengers and crew arriving in Sydney on board cruise ships have been recorded as having an influenza-like illness.

“Cruise ships have strong protocols in place for assessing, treating and isolating passengers and crew with suspected influenza, but the best form of prevention is vaccination,” Dr Sheppeard said.

“We strongly recommend that people who are planning to take a cruise make it a priority to visit their doctor and have the influenza vaccination at least two weeks before departure,” she said.

“This is especially important for pregnant women, the elderly and anyone who is at increased risk of pneumonia or other serious complications if they contract influenza,” she said.

On average, flu notifications over the first four months of this year have been more than double that of previous years.

“If you are showing symptoms of having influenza, it is very important that you take steps to avoid spreading it. This includes covering your face when you cough or sneeze and throwing used tissues in a rubbish bin. Wash your hands thoroughly and often, and for at least 10 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand rub.”

Influenza is a highly contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. There are three main types of influenza virus that cause infection in humans – types A, B and C – and many sub-types or strains. Influenza can occur throughout the year but influenza activity usually peaks in winter.

The 2015 seasonal influenza vaccines for Australia have been updated to match the new strains of influenza A/H3N2 and influenza B that have been circulating during the Northern Hemisphere winter and which circulated in NSW during the 2014 season.

NSW Health is currently working with the cruise ship industry to promote the recommendation for influenza vaccination prior to travel among booked passengers.

For more information on the NSW Cruise Ship Health Surveillance Program, visit http://www.seslhd.health.nsw.gov.au/Public_Health/CruiseShipProgram/surv.asp

For more information on influenza outbreaks in travel groups, visit http://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/factsheets/Pages/Influenza_outbreaks_in_travel_groups.aspx

New South Wales #NSW | #Firefighters honoured for #humanitarian work

NSW Minister for Emergency Services David Elliott and Fire & Rescue NSW Commissioner Greg Mullins have officially recognised the courage and commitment of firefighters and members of the public who risked their lives to help others during major emergencies in NSW and overseas.

Australian Humanitarian Overseas Service Medals have been presented to 68 FRNSW firefighters in recognition of their disaster relief efforts in the wake of the 2011 Christchurch earthquake and as logistical experts during the Australian response to the 2009 Samoan tsunami.

Commissioner’s Commendations for Courageous Action and Meritorious Service were presented to 61 firefighters and workers who risked their lives and helped coordinate the response to the October 2013 bushfires. Four firefighters and four members of the community received commendations for their actions at other major fires and emergencies.

Mr Elliott praised the efforts of all those involved in the emergency response and said their courage, resilience, and professionalism helped save lives.

“These awards are an opportunity to formally acknowledge the actions of those who went above and beyond to help others and I commend them for their actions,” Mr Elliott said.

Commissioner Mullins said the distinguished Humanitarian Overseas Service Medal was awarded to 64 specialist rescue firefighters who were part of the Urban Search and Rescue deployment following the devastating Christchurch earthquake in 2011.

Four other firefighters also received Humanitarian Overseas Service Medals for their work during the Australian response to the Samoan tsunami in 2009 where they supported an Australian medical team.

“Firefighters who bravely battled extreme fire conditions and risked their lives to save others during the October 2013 bushfires were also recognised. Many of these firefighters put themselves at great peril to rescue stranded residents,” Commissioner Mullins said.

The courage of firefighters and members of the public were also recognised for their actions at several other fires and emergencies, including a house fire at Mount Druitt in October 2014 and a motorcycle accident at Mangrove Mountain in July 2014.

“The firefighters we have acknowledged are a credit to themselves, the community and the fire and rescue service. Their actions were exemplary and I am very proud to have them under my command,” Commissioner Mullins said.

New South Wales #NSW | #ExtremeWeather continues to wreak havoc in parts of the state – #NSWSES

The NSW SES continues to respond to requests for assistance from the flooding and damaging winds hat affected New South Wales last week.

The Service has now received at total of 21501 requests for emergency help, an increase of 365 with over 90% of the requests for assistance now cleared.

The SES in this period has received 37299 calls and undertaken 172 flood rescues.

A small number of properties in the Hunter remain isolated by floodwater in the Hinton Area, Torryburn and Hillsborough.

Ausgrid have advised that power has been restored to all but 280 customers.

Overnight heavy rain has commenced on the North Coast and the Mid-north Coast of the State. There have been 59 requests for assistance. The worst affected areas have been the Karuah Valley and Coffs Harbour with leaking roofs the main issue.

The NSW SES has deployed 811 personnel in the field, with the SES being assisted by the Victoria SES, ACT SES, SA SES, Tasmania SES and the Rural Fire Service, Country Fie Service and Fire and Rescue NSW.A Severe Weather Warning for heavy rainfall for the Northern Rivers, Mid North Coast, and Northern Tablelands, and damaging wind and surf for Northern Rivers (wind and surf due late Friday due to easterly winds) has been issued.

A Flood Watch for rivers from the Queensland border south to Nelson Bay, for minor to major flooding across various catchments has been issued.

People living and working along rivers and streams in the affected area areas are asked to lift pumps and relocate livestock and equipment to higher ground. If isolation is likely, stock up now on food, fuel, medicine and other essential items.

As flash flooding is a possibility, people are asked to not drive, ride or walk through floodwater. With 172 rescues over the past week the SES is imploring people to stay out of floodwater. Remember, if it’s flooded, forget it.

The NSW SES has one helicopter stationed at Maitland to assist with resupply. There are also several helicopters deployed to the north east of the State in preparation for the severe weather.

Ahead of the expected severe weather the SES urges people in affected communities to get their StormSafe and FloodSafe plans updated, including checking their roof, gutters and trees around their home and business.

For emergency Help in a flood or Storm Call 132 500.

In life threatening situations, Call 000 (TRIPLE ZERO)

Never enter floodwater and do not go sightseeing.

New South Wales #NSW | NSW #SES praise community response but warn of more predicted #severeweather

NSW SES has responded to just over 20,000 requests for assistance in just over seven days. With another potential weather system predicted to impact areas on the north coast of NSW, the SES is urging communities to prepare now.

NSW SES Commissioner Adam Dent said, “Now is the time for residents to prepare themselves and their homes to help reduce such impacts as we have seen across the Hunter and Sydney Regions last week.”

A low pressure trough and possible East Coast low may develop over North-East NSW during Thursday. The main impacts will be intense rainfall and strong winds on coastal areas including the Northern Rivers and Mid North coasts.

“We want to prevent further loss and significant damage so we are urging the community to do as much as they can now. Get your StormSafe plan updated, check your roofs, your gutters and the trees around your home. Make sure you, your family and your home are prepared,” Commissioner Dent added.

The incredible effort of volunteers from the NSW SES, alongside other agencies including NSW Fire and Rescue, Rural Fire Service, NSW Ambulance, NSW Police and the Volunteer Rescue Association, has been commended by the Premier Mike Baird, the Governor of NSW and the Assistant Prime Minister. Out of state assistance has also been remarkable with crews provided by Queensland, Victoria, South Australia and the ACT.

“The size of this operation and the response effort from volunteers, other emergency services and from interstate is unprecedented and a great demonstration of how emergency services can work collaboratively in the face of major disasters.” Added Commissioner Dent.For emergency help in floods and storms call 132 500. If the emergency is life threatening call 000 ‘triple zero’ immediately.

For information visit www.stormsafe.com.au and www.floodsafe.com.au

New South Wales #NSW | NSW Health issues #measles alert after two infected travellers return from India

NSW Health has issued a measles warning following two cases of the highly infectious disease recently diagnosed in young Sydney adults who had travelled to India.
The first case, reported to NSW Health on April 17, had been in the Pyrmont area while infectious prior to measles being diagnosed. The second case was infectious on QF82 from Singapore to Sydney, arriving on April 18.
NSW Health’s Director of the Communicable Diseases Branch, Dr Vicky Sheppeard, is urging travellers to check their measles vaccination status before going overseas.
“Diseases such as measles remain common in many countries and without vaccination you can become infected while traveling, and then spread the disease to other susceptible people. In 2015, three of the six cases of measles in NSW have been acquired in India,” said Dr Sheppeard.
“Measles is highly infectious and contagious for people who are not fully immunised. It is easily spread through coughing and sneezing. If you are not fully immunised or intend to travel overseas make sure you talk to your GP about measles vaccination,” she said.
Symptoms of measles can include fever, tiredness, runny nose, cough and sore red eyes, which usually last for several days before a red, blotchy rash appears.  Complications can range from ear infection to pneumonia or swelling of the brain.
“The time from exposure to the onset of symptoms is typically around 10 days but it can be as long as 18 days, so people who were exposed to these two cases could have symptoms already or develop them over the next week,” Dr Sheppeard said.
Children should receive two doses of vaccine, one at 12 months and the second at 18 months of age. Anyone born after 1965 should have two doses of vaccine (at least 4 weeks apart).
NSW Health offers free measles-mumps-rubella vaccine through GPs for people born after 1965.

New South Wales #NSW | #ExtremeWeather – SES have rolled on 4588 jobs and 47 flood rescues since 7 am Monday

An intense low pressure system has brought significant wind and rainfall to the New South Wales coast overnight. This wild weather currently sits near the boundary of the Hunter and Mid North Coast locations and is expected to move slowly south throughout the day.

NSW SES have undertaken 4588 jobs and 47 flood rescues since 7am Monday.

Hunter Region total jobs = 1548

Illawarra South Coast total jobs = 190

Sydney Metro total jobs = 2764

The following Flood Rescue jobs have been attended by NSW SES:
  • Port Stephens Unit – Persons – 2 persons vehicle – Seaham
  • Maitland City Unit – Persons – 4 persons isolated in home – Rutherford
  • Wyong Unit – Persons – 1 person in vehicle – Ourimbah
  • Maitland City Unit – Persons – 1 person and infant – isolated in home – Aberglasslyn
  • Maitland City Unit – Persons – 2 persons isolated in home – Abberglasslyn
  • Maitland City Unit – Persons – vehicle in flood water – Rutherford
  • Maitland City Unit – Persons – 40 children and staff at Early Learning centre – assist Police with evacuation – Rutherford
  • Maitland City Unit – Persons – vehicle in water – Rutherford
  • Maitland City Unit – Persons – 2 persons isolated in home – Woodville
  • Maitland City Unit – Persons – 1 visually impaired persons isolated in home – Lochinvar
  • Port Stephens Unit – Persons – house inundated with flood water – Wallalong
  • Maitland City Unit – Persons – 1 person isolated in home – Maitland
  • Maitland City Unit – Persons – 1 person isolated in home – Lorn
  • Maitland City Unit – Persons – 4 persons isolated in home – Bolwarra Heights
  • Port Stephens Units – Persons – 1 person isolated in home – Morpeth
  • Port Stephens Units – Persons – 1 person in tree – Brandy Hill

The Bureau have issued a Detailed Severe Thunderstorm Warning for people in the Greater Newcastle and parts of the Maitland/Cessnock areas as well as a Severe Weather Warning for damaging and locally destructive winds, damaging winds, heavy rainfall and damaging surf for people in the Metropolitan, Hunter and Illawarra locations.

Heavy Rainfall is likely in the Hunter locations, but also possible about the Metropolitan and Illawarra areas.

For all current NSW SES warnings click here http://goo.gl/sBVBqm

Another reminder we are experiencing a backlog of calls as we currently receiving more jobs than we have phone lines. Please be patient, jobs that are life critical are taking priority before storm damage jobs. We understand that you wish to get through but the only way to register your job correctly is though the 132 500 number.

NSW SES advises people in these areas to:
  • Never drive through floodwater.
  • Avoid low lying areas as well as rivers, creeks and storm water drains
  • Move to higher ground if bad weather sets in
  • Don’t go sightseeing – you’ll be getting in the way of our volunteers
  • Stay up to date with the latest traffic information at livetraffic.com
  • For emergency help in a storm call the SES on 132 500
  • Dial 000 in a life-threatening situation

For more tips you can do to prepare for storms and flooding visit www.stormsafe.com.au and www.floodsafe.com.au

New South Wales #NSW | #SES Alert – Flood Safety Advice for residents in #Newcastle and surrounding urban areas

Expect rapid rises and high velocity flash flood water in local creeks, watercourses and urban areas over the next few hours.

Due to forecast heavy rain, Residents in Newcastle and surrounding urban areas may experience flash flooding and a rapid rise and high flow velocities in local watercourses.

Do not enter floodwater.

If you become trapped you should seek the highest point within the building and to telephone 000 if you require rescue.

For more information listen to local radio or visit www.ses.nsw.gov.au