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Helping Monash households prepare for flood

Published 07/03/2013

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

SES volunteers will undertake more than 400 doorknocks in parts of the City of Monash 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.”

Monash Mayor Micaela Drieberg thanked the SES volunteers involved, for giving up precious time on their weekend to visit Monash residents.

“It’s safe to say that Victorians are extremely grateful for the dedication and assistance provided by the SES,” Cr Drieberg said.

“I think our residents will really appreciate having a visit from them to get this important information.”

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.