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SES delivering flood guides in the North East

Published 23/07/2013

Victoria State Emergency Service (SES) and Greater Shepparton City Council are teaming up to ensure people at risk of flooding in Mooroopna, Shepparton and Murchison are properly informed, with new flood guides being delivered door-to-door.

Over the next several weeks, SES members supported by other services will knock on the door of about 700 high-risk properties to deliver and discuss the new guides and post out more than 6,000 guides to other properties in these flood-prone communities.

The guides provide local flood maps and information to residents and businesses to inform them about their risk of flood and help them ensure they’re properly prepared.

SES has been working with Council, the Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority and the Federal Government’s Natural Disaster Resilience Scheme to produce a guide for each township in the region as part of a statewide plan.

Acting SES North East Regional Manager Neil Payn said the distribution of the flood guides was about taking flood safety messages directly to those most at risk. “SES knows it’s vital for families and communities to be aware of flood risks, prepare an emergency survival kit and prepare and practise a flood emergency plan to be ready before a flood even happens,” he said.

“SES and other emergency services work hard together to reduce the impact of flood and storm within our community. The delivery of the flood guides will help SES and council work in partnership with local communities to reduce flood damage and help our people keep safe. Floods cause more damage in dollar terms and lives lost per year than any other natural hazard in Australia, so understanding how to prepare and be informed is important.”

It’s not a question of if the next flood with occur, but when. Experience shows that those who prepare for flooding suffer fewer ill effects, make better decisions and recover more quickly.

During the delivery of flood guides, all SES members and emergency helpers will be in uniform and carry official identification. They will not be asking for donations and do not need to come inside. If you are not at home when they call, a flood information pack will be left in your letterbox.

SES is committed to building a resilient Victoria. To this end, over 80 flood guides are being developed for high risk flood areas in the state.

Councillor Jenny Houlihan, Mayor of Greater Shepparton City Council, said, “The Council supports this important initiative to remind residents of their likelihood of flooding and to be prepared.” Copies of the document for Murchison and Shepparton-Mooroopna will be available from the Welsford St Council offices during business hours.

You can also find the guides on the SES website at the Greater Shepparton City Council local flood information page.

Official launch of the Shepparton, Mooroopna and Murchison Local Flood Guides

The flood guides will be officially launched at the Shepparton area Emergency Services Discovery Day at Riverside Plaza on Saturday 27 July. Representatives from SES, including SES mascot Paddy Platypus, and Greater Shepparton City Council will be in attendance between 12.30pm and 1.30pm for the official launch festivities.

Business FloodSafe workshops

Businesses are also encouraged to prepare for floods by attending SES Business FloodSafe workshops to be held on 13 August in Shepparton at 10.30am and in Murchison at 2pm.

Renee Scott, Economic Development Flood Recovery Officer at the Greater Shepparton City Council, said, "These workshops are designed to get businesses thinking about their flood risk and associated impacts."

Attendees will be given pertinent information for their business and will start to develop a customised FloodSafe Plan utilising a web-based toolkit. For further information contact Renee Scott on (03) 5832 9896.