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New South Wales | Wicked weather serves warning for upcoming storm season

Mother Nature has sent out an early warning for the upcoming storm season with heavy rain and damaging winds causing damage around New South Wales over the past 48 hours.

With 74 teams in the field working throughout the night and into today, the NSW SES has been assisting with over 340 call-outs for leaking and damaged roofs and trees down.

The hardest hit areas were around the Illawarra and South Coast where NSW SES volunteers responded to 172 jobs. Winds over 100kmh roared through coastal communities including Bateman’s Bay where a house lost its roof and a boat was overturned in the harbour.

The Moruya area was drenched with 204mm of rain in 24 hours and this has led to a Minor Flood Warning for the Deua River at Wamban being issued.

Sydney was impacted to a lesser extent with 130 call-outs, particularly in the southern suburbs of Bondi, Bronte and Coogee.

Conditions are beginning to ease this afternoon as the weather system continues to move south.

For emergency help in a flood or storm call the NSW SES on 132 500. If the situation is life-threatening dial 000.

Learn how to be StormSafe: www.stormsafe.com.au

Victoria | Play the new StormSafe game

SES has released a new educational online game and accompanying lesson plans to coincide with StormSafe week 2013.

The new game allows users to help prepare a neighbourhood for a storm by undertaking important activities such as clearing gutters, trimming overhanging branches and placing loose items inside.  The faster they can clear all the houses, the more golden stars they will receive.

After each house is made StormSafe, users will also receive an item for their emergency kit.  At the completion of the game, users will have an excellent understanding of what they need to do to prepare their own house for a storm and what items they need to collect to create a home emergency kit.

A collection of lesson plans to reinforce key messages about storms have also been developed for foundation (Prep) up to Year 8. The lesson plans include all support material and worksheets as well as AusVELS curriculum connection links. They can be conducted before or after the game has been played and assist in consolidating students learning and understanding.

The online game and lesson plans can all be found on the StormSafe game page on the SES website.

To find out more information about SES education campaigns, classroom activities and other new resources, sign up to the SES Education e-newsletter for important updates.

New South Wales | Mitchell Clout – NSW SES Local Young Volunteer of the Year

Minister for Police and Emergency Services Hon. Michael Gallacher,  NSW SES Local Young Volunteer of the Year award winner Mitchell Clout and Deputy Commissioner Steven Pearce.
Minister for Police and Emergency Services Hon. Michael Gallacher, NSW SES Local Young Volunteer of the Year award winner Mitchell Clout and Deputy Commissioner Steven Pearce.

Joining the NSW SES can be a life changing experience… just ask 22-year-old Mitchell Clout.

In a ceremony at NSW Parliament House on Wednesday 7th August, the Minister for Police and Emergency Services  the Hon. Michael Gallacher presented Mitchell with the inaugural NSW State Emergency Service (NSW SES) Local Young Volunteer of the Year award.

The award recognises the contribution of a young volunteer between the age of 16 and 25 who has demonstrated a commitment to learning and activities as a member of a NSW SES Unit or Region.

Just over three years ago, Mitchell joined the NSW SES Queanbeyan Unit in Southern Highlands Region lured by the excitement of being part of their vertical rescue team and his passion to help the community. He undertook his training with great enthusiasm and proved himself as a valuable asset to the Unit by also taking the role of the Unit Media Officer.

The proud Queanbeyan Unit were keen to honour Mitchell’s success inviting Local Member John Barilaros to join them in celebrations held at the Unit headquarters on Saturday.

Mitchell’s interest in Emergency Services as a volunteer soon developed into a profession, with him securing a position with the Ministry for Police and Emergency Services as a project officer that sees him undertaking work assisting communities in recovering after natural disasters.

Commissioner Murray Kear is pleased to have young people like Mitchell as part of the NSW SES and is proud of the opportunities that the organisation can provide them.

“The training and experience provided means that enthusiastic volunteers like Mitchell can take their love for helping the community and turn it into a professional career” said Commissioner KearThe NSW SES appreciates the contribution that young people can offer to the organisation and has an active program to attract them.

“Our school based NSW SES Cadet Program has proven to be a popular training platform for future young volunteers and we have seen a significant increase in young people joining the organisation as a result of this program” Commissioner Kear said

Mitchell’s team at Queanbeyan Unit were anxious to celebrate, inviting Local Member John Barilaros to join the proceedings held at the Unit on Saturday.

Congratulations Mitchell on what looks like being a brilliant Emergency Services career.

Young people aged 16 years or older, can apply to join the NSW SES as a volunteer. They are provided with all the training and gear needed to become a valued member of our organisation.

New South Wales | Flooding continues to affect NSW communities

The severe weather that has buffeted the state’s south east over the past few days has eased, however, flooding continues to affect communities on the south coast and Sydney’s western fringes.

The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a Minor to Moderate Flood Warning for the Hawkesbury and Nepean Rivers. With river levels rising in the Richmond and Windsor areas in Sydney’s northwest, it is expected that the Richmond and Windsor bridges could close later today. Residents are urged to monitor the situation and keep up to date with the latest traffic information at www.livetraffic.com

On the south coast at Sussex Inlet, the NSW SES is closely monitoring the situation with the potential for more flooding there. Several roads in the Shoalhaven area remain closed due to flooding.

NSW SES volunteers have been kept busy since the wet and windy weather started on Saturday, attending to more than 840 jobs. The majority of these tasks have been responding to leaking and damaged roofs and trees down as well as 15 flood rescues, many involving the rescue of animals, however some incidents involved saving people who had deliberately entered floodwater.

While the severe weather has subsided the NSW SES is urging people in the affected areas to take care.

  • Avoid going sightseeing as you will be getting in the way of emergency service crews
  • Stay clear of fallen trees and powerlines
  • Never enter floodwater and don’t let your children play in it
  • Follow the advice of emergency service personnel
  • Keep up to date with the latest weather information at www.bom.gov.au

For emergency help in a flood or storm call the NSW SES on 132 500. Call 000 if your situation is life-threatening.

Learn how to be FloodSafe .

Victoria | Marathon remote rescue operation for injured kayaker near Mt Beauty

4 June 2013

A kayaker injured in remote country in the states north-east was winched from the bush by an Ambulance helicopter this morning after a marathon operation involving paramedics, police, CFA and SES.

Four men were kayaking at Tawonga South near Mt Beauty late yesterday when a man in his 20s fell about seven metres.

Mt Beauty paramedic team manager Brett Grundy said the man was knocked unconscious in the fall.

‘He landed unconscious in the water and his mates quickly rescued him from the water,’ Mr Grundy said.

‘They were able to contact triple zero [000] and a paramedic, police, CFA and SES made their way into the bush to the injured kayaker overnight.

‘The paramedic that arrived on scene carried wilderness response equipment which meant he was able to treat the injured man and ensure they both stayed warm overnight.

‘This morning the injured man and one of the kayakers were winched from the bush by the Latrobe Valley based Ambulance Helicopter.

‘The other two kayakers in the group are making their way out, along with the paramedic, police, CFA and SES.

‘There are areas up here that are extremely remote and there have been many instances where someone is injured in the bush and needs to be treated on scene before a rescue can be made. We currently have 14 paramedics undergoing wilderness training to prepare them for instances such as these.’

‘Accidents like this highlight the importance of always heading into the bush with a partner, making sure you have the right equipment such as a GPS locator or EPIRB emergency beacon.

‘It’s also important to have a mobile phone or satellite phone within reach so you can contact emergency services if something goes wrong,’ Mr Grundy said.

The kayaker who fell was taken to Mt Beauty hospital suffering a shoulder injury.

Victoria | Cardinia Council unites with SES to spread flood safety message

The Pakenham and Emerald Units of Victoria State Emergency Service (SES) will visit households on Saturday 13 April to raise awareness of the risk of flood.

SES volunteers will undertake almost 700 doorknocks in pockets of Cardinia Shire to provide information to householders about what they can do to be prepared and answer any questions.

Volunteers will be in full uniform and in pairs and they will not be asking for donations.

Regional Manager of Victoria’s SES Central Region, Ray Jasper, said the doorknock program was about informing the community.

“We know it is vital for families and communities to be aware of flood risks, prepare, practise and test their emergency plans and be ready when flooding occurs,” he said.

“As an emergency service organisation our volunteers work hard to reduce the impact of floods and storms within our community.

“These local door knocks will help us reduce those impacts and help our local communities understand the risks. The information provided to residents also aims to help individuals better manage their preparedness when an event occurs.”

Floods cause more damage in dollar terms and lives lost per year than any other natural hazard in Australia.

“Understanding how a flood may affect you and knowing what to do and where to get emergency information is very important for residents” Mr Jasper said.

SES is committed to building a resilient Victoria. To this end, SES and Melbourne Water are committed to delivering 10,000 doorknocks throughout metropolitan Melbourne.

“Cardinia Shire Council is working in partnership with VICSES and Melbourne Water to ensure community members are prepared in the event of flooding, and to build community resilience,” said Cardinia Shire Mayor Cr Brett Owen. “It’s a shared responsibility and a most important one, given the potential effect on residents.

“The doorknocking campaign is vital to ensure people fully understand flood risks, and the importance of devising a flood plan for their household.

“Council fully supports this campaign, and we’d like to thank local SES volunteers for their efforts to keep our residents safe,” Cr Owen said.

South Australia | Netley is the new site for three State Emergency Service units

Emergency Services Minister Michael O’Brien today announced three State Emergency Service (SES) units will relocate to the former Fleet SA facility at Netley.

The three units are expected to move to the new site, on the corner of Marion and Richmond roads, in the next few months once refurbishment work at the facility is completed. Mr O’Brien said works are already well underway.

“The depot is being renovated to provide a fit-for-purpose emergency service facility which will provide greatly improved accommodation and amenities for the three units,” Mr O’Brien said. “The move will also result in more room to store rescue equipment, along with much bigger areas for training and more car parking.”

The units involved in the move include the recently established SES Community Engagement Unit (CEU) and the State Operations Coordination Unit (SOCU), both of which have previously operated from a building at the Adelaide Airport. Also included in the move is an operational unit – Western Adelaide SES – which is responsible for much of Adelaide’s western suburbs from Anzac Highway in the south through to Port Road in the north.

Western Adelaide has been operating from a West Torrens council facility on Marion Road, Brooklyn Park.

SES Chief Officer Chris Beattie said the Netley move was a first for the SES.

“It will be the first time we have housed three units, each with quite distinct functions and with different training nights, in the same facility,” Mr Beattie said.

CEU Unit Manager David Hall said SES volunteers were looking forward to the move.

“We are particularly looking forward to working closely with the other two units and helping build on the great work we have already done in furthering the goal of increased community safety and resilience,” Mr Hall said. “It’s great to have a permanent home where we can house all our resources in the one location.”

Western Adelaide Unit Manager Warren Beck said their volunteers were also pleased with their new location.

“We believe it will enhance our capacity to attract new members and support our local community,” he said.

South Australia | Charter recognises ongoing commitment to SES volunteers

Emergency Services Minister Michael O’Brien joined the SES Volunteers’ Association in signing a new volunteer charter which commits to protecting the needs and interests of South Australia’s emergency service volunteers.

Mr O’Brien said the SES Volunteer Charter, which was first developed in 2008, ensures that emergency service volunteers are consulted by the State Government, SAFECOM and the SES on all matters that affect them.

“SES volunteers selflessly give their time and life skills to protect life and property and help to create safer communities,” Mr O’Brien said. “The State Government acknowledges and greatly appreciates the challenging, and at times, painstaking work they do.

“This new Charter serves to recognise the value and importance of our volunteers and reinforces our commitment to protecting their needs and interests.”

The new Charter ensures volunteers are consulted by the State Government, SAFECOM and SES on matters including training, vehicles, equipment, personal protective clothing, recruitment, retention and volunteer management. It also ensures volunteers’ views are considered when reviewing or adopting new practices or policies and that a fair, consultative and non-discriminating approach is taken by all.

As well as Mr O’Brien, signatories to the new Charter include the Premier Jay Weatherill, Volunteers Minister Tony Piccolo, SES Chief Officer Chris Beattie, SES Volunteers’ Association Chairperson Warren Hicks and SAFECOM Chief Executive Tony Harrison.

SES Volunteer Association Chairperson Warren Hicks said the signing of the Charter was an acknowledgment that the State Government and agencies valued the input and role of SES volunteers.

“Additionally, the Charter recognises that through their diverse backgrounds, our volunteers have a wealth of knowledge to contribute,” Mr Hicks said.

The signing of the Charter was held at the new SES facility at Netley, which will house three SES units.

Western Adelaide Unit Manager Darren Beck said members were pleased the Charter was being signed at their new location.

“We view the Charter as a sign of the Government’s ongoing commitment to supporting SES volunteers,” Mr Beck said.

The new CFS Volunteer Charter will be signed later this month.

New South Wales | Triple threat storm season comes to an end for NSW SES

The members of the NSW SES have proven their versatility again this storm season, dealing not only with the challenges of storm damage and flooding, but also the devastating  impacts of tornados,  responding to more than 17,100 storm and flood jobs.

The season began with a series of severe thunderstorms that brought damaging winds which unroofed homes and businesses and brought down trees. These winds mainly affected the coastal parts of the state including Sydney.

In January, the Severe Weather went from wind impacts to heavy rainfall. This led to nearly every coastal river system from the Queensland border down to Sydney experiencing some degree of flooding. Major flooding hit communities along the North Coast and Mid North Coast of New South Wales, resulting in over a dozen evacuations as rivers rose, and in some cases, levee systems were overtopped. Hardest hit were the communities around Grafton, Maclean and Kempsey.

The widespread flooding resulted in 139 flood rescues, with many people deliberately entering floodwater. An  additional 22 rescues of animals were also carried out.  The flooding also resulted in isolations to many communities along the North Coast and Mid North Coast for several weeks.  The NSW SES conducted resupply operations delivering food and medical supplies to these affected communities and assisting with medical transport where needed.

Towards the end of the season the severe thunderstorm activity, escalated to what was sometimes referred to as “supercells”.  In some cases these intense thunderstorm cells produced tornados. The associated violent winds caused extensive damage to properties and serious injuries to people. The communities affected by these three separate systems included Kiama and Gerringong on the south coast, the Sydney suburbs of Randwick and Chifley, and Mulwala, Corowa and Barooga on the NSW-Victorian border.

NSW SES Commissioner Murray Kear has praised the efforts of SES volunteers and other agencies for their response to these events.

“As with the previous three storm seasons, there wasn’t a part of our state that didn’t at one time or another require the help of the NSW SES. Once again our amazing volunteers displayed their generosity and community spirit in giving up time with their family and work to support these affected communities. They deserve our praise and thanks,” Commissioner Kear said.

“I would also like to acknowledge and thank the community minded employers that release their staff who are NSW SES volunteers to help with these important operations, ” he said.

“While the storm season runs from October to March , wild weather is a year-round possibility so it’s important for everyone to be prepared for severe weather,” he added..

The NSW SES now has two websites to ensure everyone  can easily prepare for storms and flooding .

Check out NSW SES FloodSafe http://www.floodsafe.com.au/

and NSW SES StormSafe http://www.stormsafe.com.au/

Keep up to date on what’s happening at our Facebook site http://www.facebook.com/NSW.SES 

For emergency help in a flood or storm call 132 500. Call 000 in a life threatening emergency.


Queensland | SES Response to South East Queensland storm activity

State Emergency Service (SES) volunteers are busy responding to around 90 requests for assistance following the severe storm cell which swept across south east Queensland this evening.

Most call outs are for damaged and leaking roofs and a significant number of downed trees. Fallen powerlines, being managed by Energex, make the situation hazardous for volunteers and residents alike. Approximately 60 of these responses are located in the Logan area, with the remainder spread across the Brisbane, Gold Coast, Beaudesert, Goodna, Ipswich, Marburg and Esk areas. Five houses in the Logan suburbs of Cornubia, Loganlea, Kingston and Slacks Creek have sustained damage with trees falling on roofs, while a house in Nerang was damaged by a lightning strike.

SES volunteers from Local Government areas across the South East are involved in the response.

While the severe storm cell is no longer concentrated in the south east, authorities are urging residents to stay tuned into warnings and put safety first; remember if it’s flooded, forget it.

Residents requiring SES assistance should call 132 500 and in life threatening emergencies, call Triple Zero(000).