Wear orange day

Augusta Margaret River Times
Margaret River State Emergency Service volunteers with their all-terrain vehicle which is crucial in remote rescues.
Camera IconMargaret River State Emergency Service volunteers with their all-terrain vehicle which is crucial in remote rescues.

Residents will be urged to dress up in orange next week to show their support for emergency service workers.

The Wear Orange Wednesday initiative honours State Emergency Service workers and would normally include a range of activities, stalls, and station tours.

But with social distancing requirements still in place, keen residents were asked to visit the Margaret River SES online for some live activities as well as some handy hints about storm preparation, membership officer Petrina Yates said. “People might have seen the Margaret River SES orange crew out and about during the severe storm which hit the region last week,” she said.

“While there were nearly 500 requests for assistance across the State, the eight requests in the Augusta-Margaret River region kept the local SES busy during the night and the following day.

“The team were grateful to everyone in the community for their storm preparation as that will have significantly reduced the potential damage.”

Although storm damage was a key response at this time of year, Ms Yates noted SES crews also provided back-up to firefighters, police and ambulance officers during emergencies.

“Alongside these emergency responses, SES members also have a lot of work to do behind the scenes, maintaining their equipment and vehicles, completing administrative tasks, and engaging with the community about emergency preparedness,” she said.

To find out more, search Margaret River SES on Facebook.

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