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Get ready for storm and cyclone season

Bundaberg SES open day
Ben Barlett, Martin Cole, Paddy the platypus, Carmen Linsley and Kieran Galey at the Bundaberg SES open day.

The orange uniforms were out in force today as Bundaberg SES opened to encourage the community to stop and get ready for the 2021 storm and cyclone season.

Bundaberg State Emergency Service local controller Kieran Galey said in the lead up to summer, it was now the perfect time for residents to gather information on how they could be resilient and ready for future weather events.

“We have seen over the last couple of weeks that the storm activity is starting to build, and we (are) expecting the potential for more wet weather in the coming weeks,” he said.

“Winds caused by storms and cyclones are powerful enough to break large trees, blow away garden sheds and poorly constructed roofed patios.

“They can also cause extensive property damage and turn loose items into wind-borne debris, causing further building damage.”

Kieran said the region’s sub-tropical climate also meant it could rain a lot in the summer months, which increased the risk of flooding.

He said community members could play their part with simple cleaning and maintenance activities around their properties which could minimise the overall risk significantly.

Bundaberg SES open day
Bundaberg SES members Jan Van Wyk and Toni See take control of the barbecue at the Bundaberg SES open day to remind residents to get ready for the upcoming storm season.

“Such as securing trampolines, loose roof sheeting and outdoor furniture,” he said.

“Checking that their gutters are cleaned out and removing overhead branches from their houses.

“All households should check their emergency kits are ready and have them available and ready to grab.” 

Kieran has been in the local SES for 13 years and he said it was a fulfilling and rewarding volunteer organisation to contribute to.

“The SES offers an opportunity to participate in and develop a variety of emergency and rescue skills, including chainsaw operations, flood boat operations, traffic management and land search,” he said.

“All we ask of our volunteers is to be enthusiastic, adventurous, and willing to give back to your community, and willing and able to activate during disasters and emergencies.

Anyone who would like more information can register their interest here or message Bundaberg SES Unit’s Facebook page.

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