There's no denying winter has arrived. The past couple of weeks have been a timely reminder to prepare our homes for the storms ahead. Volunteers at Bayswater State Emergency Service have already responded to around 50 requests for assistance related to storm damage this year, and winter has only just begun.
As Chair of the Local Emergency Management Committee, I can attest to the level of hard work and commitment the Bayswater SES contribute year-on-year. No matter the hour of day or night, SES volunteers are there to help protect us from the impacts of severe weather. They're always looking for proactive new members, so if you're in a position to lend a hand this winter, I encourage you to get in touch with the Bayswater SES.
The most common damage during a storm occurs due to loose and broken roof materials; fallen trees and branches; and flooding from blocked gutters and downpipes. Many of these risks can be avoided by taking some simple precautions around your home. Ensure gutters are clear of leaves; check roof tiles and sheeting; trim nearby tree branches; clear rubbish from the garden and backyard and ensure any loose furniture or objects such as BBQs are secured.
Don't forget that for life-threatening emergencies always call 000, and if your home has been badly damaged and you need help call the SES on 132 500.
Cr Sally Palmer