Moreton Bay Region SES has been named the Best SES Regional Unit/Group of the Year for the Brisbane Region and will vie for the Queensland title at the state awards on Sunday.
Chair of Moreton Bay Regional Council’s Local Disaster Management Group Cr Peter Flannery said the State Emergency Service (SES) Awards recognise the achievements of SES volunteers and units who have gone above and beyond in the course of duty.
“This award confirms what locals have long known, that Moreton Bay is home to some of the most professional and community-minded SES volunteers in the country,” he said.
“Their outstanding response to Cyclones Debbie and Oswald are testament to their prowess and a reminder of the critical importance local volunteers play in times of disaster.”
“I join the community in congratulating Moreton Bay Region SES on their success and thank them for their invaluable contribution to protecting local lives – they have truly earned this prestigious accolade.”
Deputy Chair of the Local Disaster Management Group Cr Matt Constance today’s award will see Moreton Bay Region SES compete for the state title at the Queensland State Awards Ceremony in Brisbane on Sunday.
“The awards are the culmination of SES Week celebrations (7-15 October) and Moreton Bay is getting involved with the Combined Emergency Services Expo on Sunday,” he said.
“This is a free community event at the Volunteer Marine Rescue Centre in Bellara on Bribie Island starting 10am Sunday.
“Spectators will be captivated with a helicopter water rescue by the Westpac Life Saver chopper together with flare demonstrations, QFRS water cannon and road crash simulation.”
Local SES Controller Henk van den Ende said the Moreton Bay Region SES Unit has 7 SES groups with response roles to assist the community including: Severe Storm Operations, Flood Operations, Land Search Operations and supporting Police, Fire and Emergency Services.
“Last storm season local crews responded to 652 tasks, of which a massive 491 tasks related to the Cyclone Debbie response and clean up from March 29 to April 5,” he said.
“During that period we had 150 volunteers on hand who did an incredible job getting families and businesses in the Moreton Bay Region back on their feet.
“I’d like to remind everyone that it’s currently ‘Get Ready Week’ and encourage locals to sit down with their family to develop their own disaster plan, as well as prepare their homes and emergency kit before the summer storm season hits our region.
“By preparing better before disaster hits, you’ll help take the strain off our volunteers during the emergency response period so that our local SES crews can focus on those who need help most.”
Checklist: How ready are you? A few simple steps can help you get ready.
• Know the risks – think about the risks in your local area. How could a cyclone, severe storm, flood or bushfire impact you?
• Prepare your family – prepare an emergency plan about how to respond to local risks, including an emergency kit of essential items including a torch, battery operated radio and spare food and water (for at least three days).
• Prepare your property – check your gutters, roof, and insurance for house and other property. Get to know your neighbours and see if you can work together to get ready.
• Stay alert – tune in to warnings with MoretonAlert (register at www.moretonbay.qld.gov.au/moretonalert or call council 3205 0555), listen to radio updates or log onto the Bureau of Metereology’s website.
• Take action – activate your emergency plan, locate your emergency kit, secure loose items and if you are evacuating do so early and check road conditions before setting off.
Council encourages residents to ensure that any preparedness activities they undertake in and around property boundaries adhere to council’s bi-laws.
Originally Published: www.hillsecho.com
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