When a disaster strikes and someone needs a hand, the SES is there for you. The SES is a volunteer group that works in the worst possible conditions and we thought it was time that ITC highlighted the wonderful work they do.
Our local SES is the Willoughby – Lane Cove (WLC) SES. This team is made up of volunteers who are on call to give of their time 24/7/365. Their Volunteers come from all walks of life, bringing with them many different skills, interests and backgrounds.
Although their primary response area is the Willoughby and Lane Cove Local Government areas, they do travel, and have provided assistance to other units within NSW and Interstate. They recently had 2 of their flood rescue technicians and 1 flood boat operator deploy intrastate to assist with flooding in Northern NSW. The WLC SES are based in Naremburn, and are centrally located to the area that we service.
In Lane Cove they respond to flood and storm emergencies. In order for the SES to assist, your request must be as a result of a flood or storm, and be an emergency.
The SES ask the residents of Lane Cove to prepare for the wind and rain by ensuring that their gutters are clean, and that any external drains are not blocked or covered. The SES often find that during periods of significant rain, internal leaking occurs due to poor maintenance over the preceding months. The risk to your property can be reduced by being proactive and planning for the weather.
The SES provides relevant training to their volunteers so that they have the required skills to participate effectively as an SES team member. It is not all about climbing on roofs and chainsawing, they have positions for radio operators, media, communications, and operations. You need to be 16 years and over to join the NSW SES.
If you are interested in assisting, they can find a position for you. You can put up your hand to volunteer HERE.
The SES reminds residents to never enter or travel through floodwater. During storm activity, stay clear of creeks, drains, causeways, gutters, streams, fallen trees and power lines.
For emergency assistance in floods or storms call 132 500
For life threatening emergencies call 000
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