Yasi Tour Day Six

With a 0930 flight home we had to be up breakfasted and ready to go by 0715. That was the plan. Of course the buses were late. In order to keep the impatience at a low level we were occupied arranging the bags to make it “easier to pack the…

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Yasi Tour Day Four

It was another early start to the day, although the hurry up and wait factor kicked in when it became clear that the bus company had stuffed up the bookings. It wasn’t certain if we would have the same accommodation this evening and so we had to pack all our…

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Yasi Tour Day Three

Unfortunately Sunday morning sleep-ins are not permitted on SES trips and we were up showered and fed in time for an 0800 departure which left at 0845. The bus trip south was a fairly quiet affair with most people thinking about what we were heading into. The road between Townsville…

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Yasi Tour Day Two

We were required to be back at Bankstown by 0800.  The group was split into two with a smaller advance party going on an earlier flight. They would try to organise things for us before we arrived. We were given a briefing on what to expect and what to expect…

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Yasi Tour Day One

This morning the assembly time was changed from 1200 to 1500, meaning that I probably could have gone to work for a few hours. In the early afternoon, I drove to the Bankstown Headquarters, where the Emergency Services Minister, the SES Commissioner and over 100 other volunteers had gathered. We…

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Before Yasi

Yesterday I received an SMS from the State Emergency Service asking for volunteers to stand-by to go to North Queensland for cyclone Yasi. At this time the cyclone was still on track to hit Cairns and major damage was expected. At first light, the news reports coming from Cairns and…

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Another Windy Weekend

I was still in Sydney for Saturday morning and was just about to do the allocated domestic chores when the SES called me out to do a couple of jobs. People were a bit thin on the ground and there was only me and Mark in the team. We were…

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Clean-up continues

The clean-up from the storm on Tuesday morning continued today as we were finally able to get to one damaged roof that had had to have a tree removed by professional tree loppers and a very big crane. Also left over was a pine tree that had fallen onto an…

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Wild winds lash Sydney

The problem with  the bunker like flat in which I live is that we don’t hear much weather. So it came as a surprise this morning when I received an SMS at 0158 asking for available SES members. Unknown to me just 20 minutes before wind gusts of over 100…

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Pardon the mess

I am having trouble with the host server of my web site and there is currently a memory limit on the site. That means I have had to unload a lot of the functionality of the site. Normal transmission will resume will resume shortly. In the mean time you can…

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