Emergency Management and the Community in a disasterOn 9 February 2021, an education event was held at the Nimbin Town Hall on the role of emergency management agencies and the community during natural disasters. The event was funded by the Bushfire Community Resilience & Economic Recovery Fund – Phase 1 which was made available to Lismore City Council after the 2019 bushfires. Presentations from speakers representing the SES, RFS, Resilience NSW and Red Cross were recorded and are now available for the community to view. The links to each presentation video are provided below.
State Emergency Services (SES)
The NSW SES is an emergency and rescue service dedicated to assisting the community. Lacy Loloa is the Acting Unit Commander, NSW State Emergency Service – Northern. Lacy has been in the NSW SES, Lismore City Unit for six years as a Senior Operator and Rescue Operator for three years. She was appointed Deputy Unit Commander in November 202O and stepped into the Acting Unit Commander role in January 2021. In this presentation Lacy talked about who the NSW SES is and what it does, in particular the Lismore City Unit. Lacy also discussed when the community should call the SES, how they can assist the community and how the community can assist the SES and themselves. Click here to listen to the presentation or click here to view the powerpoint presentation
Rural Fire Service (FRS)
The NSW Rural Fire Service is the lead combat agency for bushfires in NSW. Working closely with other agencies the RFS responds to a range of emergencies including structure fires, motor vehicle accidents and storms that occur within rural fire districts. At the education event, Inspector Daniel Ainsworth Acting Zone Manager, Northern Rivers Zone was accompanied by Inspector Boyd Townsend District Coordinator, Northern Rivers Zone. Both Daniel and Boyd are based in Casino Fire Control Centre and look after the Northern Rivers area. Both come from a volunteer background with extensive experience in managing fires in the local area. Daniel’s presentation focused on how residents and land owners can help the RFS by being prepared before a fire arrives. His presentation is based on the campaign “How fireproof is your plan?” Click here to listen to the presentations or click here to view the powerpoint presentation
Lani McNeill presented on the role of Resilience NSW, which is now the lead disaster management agency for NSW, responsible for all aspects of disaster recovery and building community resilience to future disasters. The agency oversees and coordinates emergency management policy and service delivery with a focus on social, economic, infrastructure and natural environment outcomes. Click here to listen to the presentation or click here to view the powerpoint presentation
Irene Dawson is a Red Cross Volunteer Team Leader for Lismore and Nimbin. Irene volunteers in evacuation centres to make sure communities are supported and once the emergency is over, Irene works with other volunteers to provide outreach and recovery support. Irene volunteered in both Nimbin and Lismore during recent flood and fire events. In this presentation Irene discussed ways that households and individuals can prepare for emergency events, for example tips on household emergency kits, emergency apps and other resources, and opportunities for neighbours to work together before, during and after emergency events. Click here to listen to the presentation or click here to view the powerpoint presentation