STORM SEASON COMMENCES AS SES CAPABILITIES BOLSTERED WITH NEW PROTOTYPE RESCUE VEHICLES
The NSW Government and NSW State Emergency Service (NSW SES) are encouraging all communities to be ready for a return of heavy rainfall, dangerous winds and potential flooding events, as the State marks the start of the storm season.
The NSW SES is gearing up to respond to natural disasters, with their capabilities set to be bolstered by a $4.6 million investment in prototype rescue vehicles, including six new ‘Unimogs’. The new vehicles can operate in flood waters up to 1.2 meters, a resource the SES have previously outsourced to the Australian Defence Force.
Minister for Police and Emergency Services David Elliott welcomed the delivery of a deployable Mobile Incident Command Centre ahead of the storm season and encouraged the community to prepare for any natural disaster.
“The new Mobile Incident Command Centre can be easily deployed to any location around the State, and further improves the NSW SES’ prompt coordination and response to natural disasters”, Mr Elliott said.
“Communities need to know their local risk, and be ready for the very real possibility of a repeat of recent flooding events, or potentially worse. Now is not the time for us to be complacent.”
“Whether it’s the prototypes, or our record investment in new rescue vehicles, the NSW Government will continue to work hand in hand with the SES to ensure our volunteers receive the world class equipment they require to keep communities safe this storm season.”
NSW SES Commissioner Carlene York said SES volunteers are ready and willing to respond when called upon, but communities need to be equally prepared.
“This includes having an emergency kit ready and knowing what your evacuation plan is. We urge every household to discuss their risk and visit the SES website to find a range of valuable resources to help you prepare.” Commissioner York said.
The $56.4 million NSW SES Fleet Replacement Program is on track to deliver 270 vehicles, 124 marine vessels and 95 trailers across NSW to some of the most flood prone parts of the State.
To put together your plan for storm and flood events, visit https://www.seshomeemergencyplan.com.au/ and for further information about the latest weather warnings and forecasts, visit the Bureau of Meteorology’s website www.bom.gov.au
For emergency assistance in storms or floods, call 132 500. In life-threatening situations, call Triple Zero (000) immediately.