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Lifesaving storm and flood info at the touch of a button

22 November 2012, 1:01PM AET

Media Release

 

With the storm season officially underway NSW residents now have the ability to use a new free smartphone app that is designed to help people stay safe in severe weather.

 

The storm season has proven to be a busy time already for the NSW SES with more than 2100 storm and flood jobs across the state. With the help of the NSW SES StormSafe and FloodSafe apps, residents can stay in touch with the latest safety information as well as learn how to prepare themselves for inclement weather.

 

NSW SES Manager Community Engagement, Andrew Richards said the new apps are timely given the recent wild weather that has lashed the state.

 

“The Bureau of Meteorology has predicted that NSW could expect around 50 severe storms this summer so it’s vital that everyone prepares now to reduce the amount of damage caused by storms and flash flooding,” Mr Richards said.

 

“The new StormSafe and FloodSafe apps are a handy tool to have during severe weather and they can also offer some useful tips on how to prepare your home and family for storms and floods,” he added.

 

The new smartphone apps have the ability to find out the user’s location to provide information that’s relevant to the local area including:

 

  • A special feature that calls 132 500 for emergency storm and flood help.
  • FloodSafe Guides and Local Flood Plans.
  • Advice on how to prepare your family and home for storms and floods and the safest actions to take before, during and after these events.
  • Local contact information for the NSW SES, councils and media outlets.

“The majority of jobs our volunteers get called out to are easily preventable so these new smartphone apps will aim to help people learn how to prepare themselves for severe weather and reduce the risk associated with storm and flood events,” Mr Richards said.

 

“Carrying out a few simple tasks now like cleaning your gutters and downpipes, trimming overhanging branches and securing or putting away loose items around the yard and balcony can save you a hefty damage bill and also potentially save lives,” he said.

 

The FloodSafe and StormSafe apps are now available on the iTunes and Android Stores for free.

 

More FloodSafe and StormSafe information is available at: www.stormsafe.com.au and www.floodsafe.com.au

 

Media enquiries: NSW SES Media (02) 4225 7500.

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