Wingecarribee SES

TRAINING PAYS OFF: Members of the Wingecarribee SES at a recent road crash assessment. Photo: Warren Turner
TRAINING PAYS OFF: Members of the Wingecarribee SES at a recent road crash assessment. Photo: Warren Turner

Storms are most common between October and March in NSW but they can happen at any time of year so it’s important that we’re always prepared for severe weather.

This week three Wingecarribee NSW State Emergency Service Unit members will be assessed in storm and water operations.

This means they’ll be prepared to help you this storm season when you need it most.

During the last year we attended hundreds of storm jobs across the Highlands and much of that damage was preventable.

For examples of simple things that you can do now to prepare your home for severe weather events you can visit NSW SES website.

The top eight tips for storm preparation are: 

  • Maintain your yard and balcony. Secure or store items that could blow around in strong winds
  • Clean your gutters, down pipes and drains regularly to prevent blockages
  • Trim trees and branches that could potentially fall on your home or property
  • Fix any damage to your roof, including broken or missing tiles
  • Check your insurance policy is current and adequate
  • Make a Home Emergency Plan for your family that outlines what you would do in an emergency
  • Prepare an emergency kit with essential items in case you lose power or need to leave home in an emergency
  • Listen to your local radio station and other media for weather warnings

We’ve been busy over the last month training and assisting our community in road crashes.

Last week five of our members became road crash qualified after three months of intense training and actual rescue work. Our training pays off when you most need it. This month we’ve rescued two people from their vehicles when they have been involved in motor accidents.

On both occasions our teams quickly and expertly responded to provide professional rescue services so our paramedic colleagues could provide medical care as soon as possible.

Sometimes it’s easy to forget that we are all volunteers, we do it for free because we care about our community.

If you would like to join our community go to NSW SES website and follow the links to volunteer with us.

It can be hard but it’s extremely rewarding.