New SES equipment arrives for summer
Published: 19 December 2014
Logan City's State Emergency Service (SES) groups are now better prepared than ever to carry out their vital work thanks to the arrival of new equipment this storm season.
A community education trailer and 17 GPS units valued at $20,000 were officially handed over by Federal Member for Forde, Bert van Manen to Logan City SES this week and are already in use around the community.
The trailer's primary use is to educate residents and assist in their preparations for disasters while also being used as a recruitment tool for more volunteers.
The GPS units offer the latest technology and provide many key features previously unavailable including topographic mapping and geotagged photography.
The equipment was purchased with Community Development Grants Program funding from the Australian Government Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development.
"Storm season is well and truly here and our volunteers have been busying themselves in preparation for a significant weather event," Local Disaster Management Group Chair Mayor Pam Parker said.
"This new equipment will make their selfless and vital work easier."
Cr Parker also said it was a timely reminder to all residents that if they hadn't already started their storm preparations that there was no time like the present.
"Start by developing an emergency plan and emergency kit while also cleaning your gutters and downpipes and trimming trees and overhanging branches," she said.
"Secure loose items around your property and garden that could cause damage if blown around in high winds."
Mr van Manen said the new tools would both be of great assistance to the community and the community's safety.
"I am pleased to be part of building essential productive infrastructure to support the community in this region," Mr van Manen said.
To develop an emergency plan:
- Make sure you have adequate house and contents insurance, and know which hazards are covered
- Find out how and where to turn off power, gas and water supplies
- Store important documents, e.g. wills, photos, birth certificates
- Agree on essential tasks with the members of the household, e.g. collecting children from school, checking on elderly neighbours
- Arrange for an out-of-town friend or relative to be a single point of contact in case people are separated before or during a widespread emergency.
Your emergency kit should contain:
- Portable, battery-operated radio (to hear news reports)
- Torch and spare batteries
- Fresh water in sealed containers (at least 10 litres per person for three days)
- Canned food (with can opener and utensils) for three days
- Any special need items for elderly or infant family members
- First aid kit (with manual)
- Combination pocket knife
- Medications, toiletry supplies
- Insurance documents, etc.
- List of emergency numbers, including insurance details (pet owners should have the number of their vet)
- Pet food and other animal needs
- Portable stove with fuel
- Money, including change for phone calls
- Tent or tarpaulin
- Woollen and thermal blankets
- Strong plastic bags (for clothing, valuables, documents and photographs)