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SES doorknocking Yarra Ranges residents

Published 05/12/2012

Victoria State Emergency Service (SES) volunteers will visit homes in the Yarra Ranges Shire this month to provide residents with information on how to prepare for the threat of flooding.

Members of the Lilydale and Upper Yarra SES units are working in partnership with Melbourne Water and Yarra Ranges City Council to knock on more than 200 doors in the municipality this Saturday 8 December, focussing on residential properties that have been identified as being at risk of flooding during significant weather events.

Yarra Ranges Mayor Jim Child encouraged residents in the doorknock areas to take the advice given.

“Most people would be aware of fire risk but may not know floods are also a risk in many areas of the Yarra Ranges,” he said.

“This doorknock is a great example of Council working with emergency service agencies to help our communities stay safe.”

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

“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,” he said.

“The doorknock campaign is being delivered across 38 municipal areas throughout Melbourne. The number of doorknocks we will undertake varies in each region depending on the typography of the land.

“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.

“Our SES volunteers are looking forward to meeting you for a short chat.”

SES volunteers will be easily identifiable by their orange uniforms and identification badges. They will not be asking for donations and there is no obligation to invite them inside.

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.