RISK TAKERS: Flood water crosses Terania St, Lismore in 2005.
RISK TAKERS: Flood water crosses Terania St, Lismore in 2005. Jacklyn Wagner

Preparing for next flood

WHETHER you are a Lismore flood veteran or new to the CBD, there is no excuse for not having a customised flood preparation plan.

To ensure that all Lismore business owners are informed about the nature and risk of flooding in the Lismore CBD, NSW SES together with staff from council and Lismore Chamber of Commerce will present a Flood Safety Education Session tomorrow evening.

SES Community engagement co-ordinator Janet Pettit says the session will focus on flood risks and preparation.

"We'll be discussing different trigger points to be aware of - what to do at certain levels," she said.

The amateur meteorologist in all business owners will love the 10-minute lesson on how to best read the Bureau of Meteorology's maps.

The panel will also explore the free online Business FloodSafe Toolkit, which according to Ms Pettit is a fantastic resource, and invaluable in putting together a customised plan.

"Lismore businesses need to know who to contact in a flood situation and commonsense things like cancelling deliveries and managing employees who might be cut off," Ms Pettit said. Lismore City Council emergency services co-ordinator Bill MacDonald will also present on the role of the levee.

For Chamber of Commerce Chairman David Martin, the best laid flood preparation plan can be rendered virtually useless if it is not effectively communicated throughout your business.

Mr Martin, owner of Instyle Sleep Centre, will explain how he was caught short during a flood when incapacitated after an operation.

The Flood Safety Education Session is on Wednesday March 20 at Lismore Workers Club at 5.30 for 5.45 start.

Phone Janet Pettit at NSW SES on 6625 7700 or email janet.pettit@one.ses.nsw.gov.au to register.

Online Essential

Visit the Business Toolkit at floodsafe.ses.org.au/floodsafe/businesstoolkit



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