Put SES contact number in phone
SES Bundaberg volunteer Barbara McCauley wants everybody to program the number 132 500 into their phone.
That is the only number Queenslanders need to contact the State Emergency Service (SES) this storm and cyclone season.
Ms McCauley said the number had been in use for some time, but the SES was trying to educate the public to use it.
“People should program it into their phones, like 000,” she said.
Peter Twomey, the Emergency Management Queensland Regional Director for North Coast, said the SES hotline was the best way to get extra sandbags, a tarp for a leaking roof or assistance for damage caused by hail.
“Since the hotline was launched on July 1, 2007, it has received more than 89,000 calls for assistance,” he said. “The service continues to help Queenslanders who are seeking SES assistance every day.”
The 132 500 number has provided enormous support to Queensland residents following several major events in recent years, including storms in The Gap in 2008 and the south-west Queensland floods earlier this year.
“On a local level, it has also provided a great deal of support to residents here on the coast during the tumultuous weather events within the past few weeks,” he said.
Mr Twomey said it was important residents kept the number handy.
“This number provides one point of contact for the SES and volunteers have the ability to co-ordinate resources more effectively because all requests for help go to one source,” Mr Twomey said.
Bundaberg residents are reminded the number to call in a life-threatening emergency is 000.