Storm Heroes grants equip Queensland SES groups

SES volunteers from forty six Queensland SES groups have received some much-needed new equipment, thanks to a Storm Heroes grant from NRMA Insurance.

NRMA Insurance, as the major sponsor of the Queensland SES, has provided almost $295,000 in equipment grants since 2008 to SES groups across the state supporting SES volunteers in their response to severe weather events.

NRMA Insurance Community and Alliances Manager Megan Lupton said the Storm Heroes Grants, now in their sixth year, celebrate hard-working Queensland SES teams and help them secure essential equipment.

“SES volunteers give generously of themselves and their time. In the past year they have worked tirelessly to respond to floods, storms and other emergencies. We are proud to be able to work with Qld SES units to provide them with the equipment and resources they need to continue their vital work for the community.

The successful SES groups will use their Storm Hero grants to purchase a range of equipment for use in storm damage operations, including:

  • Portable, waterproof lights and stands which help volunteers work more safely and efficiently
  • Cordless, rechargeable drills to help repair roofs without the need for hammer and nails
  • Fire-fighting water pump and fittings to speed up the process of cleaning mud and water from homes and properties
  • Generators to support storm recovery, traffic control and road crash rescue operations, as well as for use in refrigerating medication for elderly residents if power goes off

One group is also using its grant to fund the creation of a community emergency management web page to provide residents with localised emergency readiness and disaster resilience information.

Emergency Management Queensland (EMQ) South East Regional Director Mike Shapland said the grants will help the groups play an even greater role in helping their communities recover from severe weather.

“SES volunteers are highly trained and work in difficult circumstances, often on roofs when it’s dark and wet, or in flood-impacted areas. Better equipment helps SES volunteers serve the community more safely and efficiently. We appreciate the difference grants such as NRMA Insurance’s Storm Heroes make in supporting our volunteers,” he said.

NRMA Insurance has been supporting the Queensland SES since 2007 to help households better prepare for and recover from severe storms and rewarding SES volunteers with discounts on car and home insurance.