Storm and Flood Damage Volunteer

Storm preparation and response is one of the core duties of NSW SES.

Every area of NSW is susceptible to damaging storm activity. Storms are the most costly natural disaster ahead of floods and bushfire. On average storms cause $196 million of damage each year. This is nearly 10 times that caused by bushfires. The most expensive natural disaster in Australian history was the April 1999 hailstorm in Sydney, which caused over $4 billion in insured and uninsured damage.



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Volunteering type

Property protection and temporary repairs - tarping, sandbagging, boarding damaged windows, securing unstable walls, pumping water from flooded properties and clearing debris.

Fitness Requirements

Reasonable fitness is required, including the ability to climb a ladder, work in extreme weather conditions, lift sandbags have no medical conditions which prevent physical activity.

Time Requirements

Initial training requires regular attendance at the weekly Unit training night for 3 months, followed by ongoing training and professional development. After initial training, you will be placed on call and attendance will vary depending on weather conditions.

Skills requirements

The following training pathway is required:

  • Fundamentals & generic skills
  • Storm and Water Damage Operations - Ground,
  • Storm and Water Damage Operations - Heights (optional)

Unit locations with this capability

Available at all units

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