SES members are “Responders” – this means that they respond to events, disasters and emergencies by performing specific approved functions.
Functions of the SES are dependent on the local hazards of the Group location, and they include:
Cyclones and Storms
Road Crash Rescue
Urban Search and Rescue
Emergency traffic management
Unfortunately the SES cannot commit to responding to every community member due to limitations of time and their numbers, especially during disasters and emergencies where requests for assistance are immense.
SES members perform specific functions based on their training and insurance coverage.
SES members are volunteers with have families, jobs and commitments. They give up their valuable time to assist members of the community during emergencies and disasters. SES members are unpaid.
The priority of the SES is to help those people who are unable to help themselves.
People who help themselves assist the SES in looking after others who are most in need.
SES members need to leave their jobs and/or families, travel to the SES shed, get briefed and equipped, be tasked a job, and travel to the job … then they begin work.
Depending on the event they may not be able to assist you for extended periods of time.
For every 1 hour that an SES member helps out someone in the community they have committed up to 10 hours in preparation and training.
Let's use the SES sparingly and allow them to be with their loved ones.
If you can try to help yourself, your family and friends … and keep an eye on your neighbours.