FIGHTING FLOODS: Four new disaster response manuals were launched in Lismore yesterday by Federal Attorney-General Robert McClelland (front, second from right) and Federal Page MP Janelle Saffin. Also attending were (front, from left) Lismore City SES flood intelligence officer Lindsay Matterson, Lismore City SES unit controller Stuart Ferguson, and Richmond Police Commander Supt Bruce Lyons; (rea
FIGHTING FLOODS: Four new disaster response manuals were launched in Lismore yesterday by Federal Attorney-General Robert McClelland (front, second from right) and Federal Page MP Janelle Saffin. Also attending were (front, from left) Lismore City SES flood intelligence officer Lindsay Matterson, Lismore City SES unit controller Stuart Ferguson, and Richmond Police Commander Supt Bruce Lyons; (rea Jay Cronan

Floods a rising threat

IAN LECKIE has volunteered with the State Emergency Service for the past nine years, so he knows that every flood is different.

However, the Lismore City SES volunteer also knows the importance of effective management plans.

That is why he was pleased four new disaster manuals were released yesterday, detailing the best ways to prepare for floods, leading edge warning systems, responses and emergency management.

“You learn something new from every disaster,” Mr Leckie said.

“But it is vital to get the recovery right.

“It's great to have these manuals because it is so important for us to have new information all the time.”

The manuals were released in Lismore yesterday by Federal Attorney-General Robert McClelland and Page MP Janelle Saffin.

Mr McClelland said Lismore was an 'appropriate' place for the launch, given the city's recent experiences with flooding.

“The manuals will assist Australian communities to build their resilience to flooding by providing information and expert advice to a range of relevant agencies and organisations,” he said.

Mr McClelland said the guides were 'practical, common sense and very straight forward'.

Dr Chas Keys, who helped write the manuals, said flooding was in real danger of becoming the 'forgotten hazard'.

But he said floods were Australia's most 'dollar costly' natural disasters.

“They are by far the most serious threat that we will face,” Dr Keys said.

“If we don't create flood management champions then we will not be doing the best job we can for communities like this one.”

SES State Commissioner Murray Kear, who was also in Lismore yesterday, said the release of the manuals was timely.

“October is the start of the storm season,” he said.

“We are going to have more intense storms, and that goes hand-in-hand with floods. I recommend them (the manuals) to all agencies.”

WERE THE LAST FLOODS MANAGED EFFECTIVELY? Phone 6624 3266 or SMS 0428 264 948


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