SES hands out maps

Byron Shire Local SES Controller Noel McAviney was quick to take the point made in stories in the Byron News in recent weeks, about the damaging effects of wild seas on the shire coastline in summers gone by.

The SES wants to emphasise the point that it can happen again at any time and this Saturday afternoon SES volunteers will deliver a map showing evacuation routes, to every household in the Ocean Shores and South Golden Beach areas.

Mr McAviney said the map had been prepared some time ago by the SES in conjunction with Byron Shire Council and was a single, laminated A4 page.

"On one side it shows evacuation routes and evacuation centres for Billinudgel, North Ocean Shores, South Golden Beach, New Brighton and parts of Ocean Shores," he said.

"On the other side it explains why residents may be told to evacuate, for example, severe flooding, heavy storm damage, storm surge or tsunami.

"There is also information on what to do if evacuation is required. Things such as stacking furniture, turning off electricity, gas and water and most importantly, to keep listening to local radio stations for advice on how to contact the SES for help."

In the 1950s holiday cabins were destroyed along North Beach Road at New Brighton and in 1974 homes along the same dunal stretch were damaged and residents evacuated when heavy seas broke through.

Further information from the SES Duty Officer on 6684 3444.

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