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SES doorknocking more than 1,000 homes this Saturday

Published 15/02/2013

SES volunteers will doorknock homes in the cities of Maribyrnong, Knox and Maroondah this Saturday 16 February to provide residents with information on how to prepare for the threat of flooding.

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

Members of the Footscray SES Unit are working in partnership with Melbourne Water and Maribyrnong City Council to knock on over 400 doors in the municipality, focussing on residential properties that have been identified as being at risk of flooding during significant weather events.

In the city of Knox, volunteers will visit more than 600 homes, while in the City of Maroondah, SES volunteers will visit around 100 homes.

Ray Jasper, Regional Manager, SES Central Region, said floods could occur with little or no warning, so it was vital for the community to be prepared.

“We want everyone to know how they can be prepared for flood, and what they should do to keep themselves safe in an emergency. Our experience shows that people who are properly prepared suffer fewer ill effects from flood and recover more quickly.”

The doorknock campaign is being delivered across 38 municipal areas throughout Melbourne, with the number of doorknocks varying in each region depending on the typography of the land.

SES volunteers will be in pairs and easily identifiable by their orange uniforms and identification badges. They will not be asking for donations, do not need to come inside and will not be undertaking any work on properties.

For more information on how to prepare for flood, including how to put together an emergency plan and kit for your home or business, visit our FloodSafe section.