Help the SES by helping yourself ahead of storm season

FRASER Coast residents are being urged to help emergency volunteers by taking responsibility for their own recovery following natural disasters.

Queensland Fire and Rescue Service commissioner Lee Johnson said State Emergency Service volunteers were there to help in an emergency, but there were things residents could do to help themselves and lighten the load for volunteers.

"SES volunteers are there to assist those who cannot help themselves, and respond to emergencies where it would be unsafe for a resident to take action," he said.

"There are plenty of things you can do before, during and after a disaster to become more resilient and recover quickly, such as having a kit ready in case you lose power or making sure there is no debris in a yard that could become dangerous during a storm.

"If you do a little, we all accomplish a lot."

Mr Johnson said residents should phone 132 500 if they needed help from the SES, but should prepare to be more self-reliant.

"During a natural disaster the SES get hundreds of calls for assistance, some of which include situations which are dangerous for residents," he said.

"Obviously these tasks take priority over more minor issues like leaking roofs.

"It may take SES volunteers between 24 and 48 hours to attend to a task if they have received a large amount of jobs or those jobs are of a higher priority."

Mr Johnson said residents should phone 132 500 for emergency assistance from the SES during floods or storms, but dial 000 if the situation was life threating.

For further information and tips on how to get ready and to register for a personalised step-by-step plan, visit www.getready.qld.gov.au.