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Volunteering for Victorians




                                         Busy Weekend for VICSES Volunteers

                              Date: Sunday 14 December 2008
                              Time: 3.30pm
                              Unit: Victorian Headquarters

                              VICSES volunteers have responded to more than 950 calls for assistance over the weekend
                              as heavy rain and strong winds crossed the state.

                              VICSES Central, South West and East Regions were hardest hit by the weather front, which
                              brought with it heavy rain and gale force winds.

                              The busiest Units were Nunawading, Moorabbin, Emerald and Frankston, with each Unit
                              receiving over 40 calls for assistance in their local areas.

                              Although calls for assistance have slowed considerably since the rain and wind has eased,
                              VICSES is expecting to receive further jobs throughout the evening as residents return
                              home to find damage to their properties.

                              VICSES Central Region Duty Officer Barry Dean said the majority of calls for assistance
                              were for minor building damage due to high winds and heavy rain.

                              “The majority of calls responded to by our volunteers this weekend were for issues like fallen
                              trees over houses and roads, minor flash flooding and water inundation into houses,” Barry
                              said.

                              Barry also advised residents to remain vigilant and to be proactive about ensuring the safety
                              of their property.

                              “Many of the jobs that VICSES volunteers have responded to this weekend could have been
                              avoided with some simple home maintenance tasks, like trimming back overhanging
                              branches and making sure that gutters and drains are regularly cleaned out,” Barry said.

                              “If residents undertake a few simple home maintenance tasks the chance of damage as a
                              result of wind and rain is substantially reduced”.

                              For further information about how you can make your property FloodSmart and StormSmart,
                              visit the VICSES website at www.ses.vic.gov.au

                              For further information contact:

                              VICSES Media Unit
                              1300 783 933
                              media@ses.vic.gov.au
                                                        Victoria State Emergency Service
                                         168 Sturt Street Southbank 3006 | Tel: 03 9684 6666 | Fax: 03 9684 6659

				
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