SES Controller Chris Chrisostomos gives Tumbulgum public School students a taste of what it is like in the rescue boat.
SES Controller Chris Chrisostomos gives Tumbulgum public School students a taste of what it is like in the rescue boat. Blainey Woodham

Children have fun preparing for disasters with SES

CHILDREN in the Tweed are getting their brains pumped with great ways to be prepared for a natural disaster.

Yesterday students at Tumbulgum Public School got a special visit from SES members.

Declan Bishop, 7, and Riley Jeffery, 7, said the SES stopping by was great fun.

"We learnt that there are six boats and they go out there when there's floods," Declan said.

"It was really fun."

SES Controller Chris Chrisostomos gives Tumbulgum public School students a taste of what it is like in the rescue boat.
SES Controller Chris Chrisostomos gives Tumbulgum public School students a taste of what it is like in the rescue boat. Blainey Woodham

Riley said he learnt a lot from them.

"I like learning about boats and the ocean," he said.

"We learnt to pack what you need and then to ring the SES and they'll take you to a little house."

SES unit controller Chris Chrisostomos and community engagement coordinator Janet Pettit taught the kids how to be flood aware.

"We're just trying to get that message across to the kids so they can help to take it back to their parents," Mr Chrisostomos said.

"These kids will be parents one day and they'll be flood aware."

Mr Chrisostomos said it was imperative every family had a flood safe kit prepared with a first aid kit, torch with extra batteries and a radio in it.

Ms Pettit said the visits to schools came about due to a community engagement meeting.

Soon a website will be released with more ideas and the SES have already hand delivered information packs to a number of residents.



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