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SES volunteers helping Whittlesea households prepare for flood

Published 28/02/2013

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

 SES volunteers will undertake more than 250 doorknocks in parts of the City of Whittlesea 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. They will not be asking for donations, do not need to come inside and will not be undertaking any work on properties.

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, when to do it and where to get emergency information is very important for residents,” Mr Jasper said. “I commend our local SES volunteers for going out into the community to pass on this vital information.”

“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.