SES VOLUNTEERS URGE RESIDENTS TO PREPARE FOR WINTER STORMS:
SES Volunteers from across the state greeted shopper’s at Bunning’s on Saturday the 5th of May to launch this year’s Storm Awareness Week.
Steve Simpson, a Metropolitan Operations Volunteer based in Belmont, said that over a four hour period his unit had given advice to about 500 Belmont residents with the, ‘Prepare now for the winter storms’ message.
“We wanted to remind the community that the best way to avoid damage caused by storms is to prepare in advance” said Steve. “Simple measures such as clearing gutters and trimming branches goes a long way to reducing the impact of heavy rains and strong winds”, Mr Simpson said. The SES are also encouraging homeowners to ensure that damage, caused by the March hail storm, is permanently repaired before this year’s storm season, which runs from May to October.
Metropolitan Operations Local Deputy Manager, Michelle Christensen asked the community to remember, that as well as preparing for the storms, residents need to know how to contact the SES if their home is damaged during a storm. “During our shift on Saturday we found that about 5% of the people we spoke to didn’t know who the SES was”, Ms Christensen said. Ms Christensen also noted that a majority of people didn’t have the assistance number 132 500, in an easy to access location. a good idea to keep our number on the fridge or in your mobile phone so that you can access it, even when the power is out”, commented Michelle.
The State Emergency Service provides free assistance to the community for damage caused as the result of storms, floods, earthquakes or tsunamis assistance can be sought by phoning 132 500. For further information on how to prepare for winter storms visit FESA’s website at www.fesa.wa.gov.au