RAISING AWARENESS: Paddy Platypus took to the streets of Lismore for Storm Awareness Week.
RAISING AWARENESS: Paddy Platypus took to the streets of Lismore for Storm Awareness Week. Cathy Adams

Stay safe in storms, says SES

THE Lismore SES branch is holding an open day on Sunday to mark the end of SES Storm Safety Week.

Storm Safety Week sees the SES set out to make the community aware of storms and provide education about how to storm-proof homes and property.

Tomorrow's open day will see the SES team run sandbagging and gutter cleaning demonstrations.

There will also be SES vehicles on display, storm safety information to collect and free gutter-cleaning gloves to take home.

Refreshments and a sausage sizzle will also be available to buy.

SES deputy team leader Jason Balderi said the open day was an opportunity for the public to see what the SES did for the community.

SES community engagement co-ordinator Janet Pettit said storms were more common in the Northern Rivers between October and March when hot and cold fronts clash, causing tornadoes and extreme weather.

"More than half of all NRMA insurance claims are for storm damage, so it's important to be prepared and trim, tie and tuck away," Ms Pettit said.

"Being prepared will save people money and heartache and the best time to prepare for a storm is not when you're in the middle of one."

Member of Lismore City SES, Casper Squires, said storm week was about preparing families for storms and educating children in schools.

"A lot people think they're prepared for a storm but when they talk to us about prevention they realise they're not," Mr Squires said.

"We've been going around to schools all week and the response from the kids was just phenomenal."

The day will run 9am-3pm tomorrow at the unit in Brunswick St, Lismore, opposite the helicopter base.

Be storm safe

How to prepare for a storm:

  • Maintain yards and balcony
  • Clean gutters
  • Trim branches
  • Fix roof damage
  • Check your insurance policy
  • Prepare an emergency kit and plan
  • Listen to local radio


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