State Emergency Service is calling for community action team volunteers in Port Macquarie

Ready for action: Jennifer Labone Carla McKern, Vivianne Searle, Narelle Milligan, Jo Taylor, Henma Johnston, Jared Bradley, Greg McKern, Kingsley Searle, Rob Johnstone, Steve Taylor Jessica McKern and Kevin Sinclair.
Ready for action: Jennifer Labone Carla McKern, Vivianne Searle, Narelle Milligan, Jo Taylor, Henma Johnston, Jared Bradley, Greg McKern, Kingsley Searle, Rob Johnstone, Steve Taylor Jessica McKern and Kevin Sinclair.

The NSW State Emergency Service (SES) is inviting residents of North Shore, Riverside Drive, Maria River Road and Plomer Road to join its newly formed North Port Macquarie Community Action Team (CAT).

The aim of the CAT is to work with the NSW SES Port Macquarie Unit to improve the safety of residents and visitors to the area during floods, storms and tsunamis.

The CAT will assist the SES in the distribution of weather and warning information, provide information back to the SES about what is happening in the community during large events, take photos of flood and storm impacts, assist with emergency door knocks, sandbagging, help the SES with community education programs and provide input into SES emergency planning and arrangements.

The North Port Macquarie Community Action Team is based on a new NSW SES volunteering program called Volunteering Reimagined.

The new program recognises the need to provide people with flexible volunteering options so they can help their communities in times of need.

Interested people are invited to attend the first meeting of the North Port Macquarie Community Action Team on Tuesday, February 20 at 5.30pm at the NSW SES Port Macquarie Unit in Central Road, Port Macquarie.

At the meeting people interested in joining the community action team will be provided with training on local flood risks, severe weather warnings, how to prepare for emergencies and the role of the community action team, NSW SES and other emergency services.

NSW SES Mid North Coast Region Controller Tony Day said the community action team is an excellent opportunity for the NSW SES to tap into the many talents and abilities of North Port Macquarie residents to improve the way the community prepares for, responds to and recovers from severe weather events such as the major flooding experienced on the Hastings River back February 2013.

For information about the North Port Macquarie Community Action Team contact the NSW SES Mid North Coast Region on 6592 5800, email mnr.admin@ses.nsw.gov.au or visit the NSW SES website www.ses.nsw.gov.au

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