WINTER is almost here and Hastings SES volunteers are getting ready to respond to calls for help from storms and floods.
The preparations to enable a quick response coincide with the national FloodSafe week (25-31 May) and an SES warning that “however many people are unaware of just how dirty, disgusting and dangerous floodwater can be”.
The SES says that floodwaters can pick up “all kinds of awful materials, including toxic chemicals, animal faeces, decaying animals, garbage, broken glass and rusted metal”.
Kate Nangle from Hastings SES said this year’s focus was on “shining a light into the murky contents of floodwater”.
“Entering floodwater is extremely dangerous. Drivers, parents and children need to be aware of what’s in that water and ensure they never enter floodwater,” she said.
“Staying out of floodwater is an important part of keeping you and your family safe. Luckily, there are other simple ways you can prepare yourself, such as having a home emergency kit and knowing where you’ll find information in an emergency.
“We encourage everyone to use FloodSafe Week as an opportunity to interact with their local SES volunteers and learn how they can be prepared for the threat of flood. A little preparation goes a long way and we all need to take responsibility for our safety and learn the local flood risks.”