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Cardinia Council unites with SES to spread flood safety message

Published 10/04/2013

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.