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Doorknocking in Nillumbik starts Saturday

Published 15/03/2013

The Eltham Unit of Victoria State Emergency Service (SES) will visit households in March to raise awareness of the risk of flood.

SES volunteers will undertake just under 200 doorknocks in pockets of the Shire of Nillumbik 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.