State Emergency Service (SES) volunteers have responded to and completed more than 2,900 requests for assistance in response to the dangerous storm that hit the greater Brisbane area recently.
SES Brisbane Region Manager Steve Waddell said SES volunteers had now completed every request for help following the destructive storm on Thursday, 27 November.
“Working in partnership and cooperation with Brisbane City Council, Queensland SES volunteers have contributed hundreds of hours of their own time away from their work, family and friends to assist Brisbane residents over the past week,” Mr Waddell said.
“The 2,900 requests for assistance that resulted from this storm demonstrate the large volume of requests SES volunteers can respond to and extensive time and work required to attend to these tasks, during a significant event.
“Many of the jobs the SES assisted with were for tarping of roofs and windows that had been destroyed by the storm.
These tasks can require volunteers to work at heights for long periods of time.
“Taskforces of SES volunteers from all across Queensland came to help their Brisbane SES colleagues to get the thousands of jobs done as quickly as possible.
“Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) urban firefighters and Rural Fire Services Queensland (RFSQ) volunteers also were on hand to support the SES with requests for assistance.
“I thank all those involved, especially the SES volunteers who contributed to helping the residents of Brisbane in their time of need.
It is an outstanding achievement to complete such a large volume of requests in just over one week.”
Mr Waddell said volunteers across the State were preparing for the upcoming weather ahead with widespread rainfall and thunderstorms forecast for Brisbane and surrounding areas this week.
“The SES is getting ready, but we’re also asking residents to prepare,” he said.
“Secure outdoor items, park your car under shelter, ensure you have an emergency kit and keep it in easy to reach space, disconnect electrical items and listen to your local radio station for advice and warnings.
“By being prepared, resilient and helping yourself and your neighbours first, you are also helping the SES by freeing up volunteers to help the most vulnerable members of the community first.”