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MAINTAINING A HOME

Suncorp and the SES: making Queensland stronger

20 October 2020

Together, we’ll help Queenslanders prepare for, respond to and recover from natural disasters.

We’re constantly looking for ways to help as many Queenslanders as we can.

That’s why we’re proud to have become the Principal Community Partner of the Queensland State Emergency Service (SES).

Suncorp will support the roll-out of the SES’s community engagement and education campaigns, fund vital equipment for SES volunteers and promote volunteerism across the state.

Together, we’ll help Queenslanders connect with their neighbours and other vital support services, bringing communities together to enable better preparation, response and recovery.

Johnathan Thurston meets the QLD SES

A significant partnership

“I know I speak on behalf of every employee when I say Suncorp is incredibly proud of its Queensland heritage, and I can think of no better organisation to work with to prepare and protect our home state,” Suncorp Group CEO Steve Johnston said at a COVID-safe launch event for the partnership at Suncorp Stadium on 20 September.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) Commissioner Greg Leach said that the “SES is delighted to partner with Suncorp, an iconic Queensland brand that knows the landscape and the impact natural disasters can have on it.

“We know Suncorp understands the huge commitment of our SES volunteers who work on the frontline, and this timely partnership, ahead of what is expected to be a busy storm and cyclone season, will help to better prepare our communities for whatever Mother Nature throws our way.”

A remarkable effort

Queenslanders are a pretty tough and practical lot. We’re also committed to helping our neighbours and mates.

If you’re active, adventurous, enthusiastic and willing to give back to your community, you’d be a great fit for volunteering. You don’t need any special skills or previous training, just an appropriate level of fitness to carry out the tasks that may be required in your area.

The SES aims to attract volunteers across genders, younger and older generations, and varied sectors of our community, such as the culturally and linguistically diverse and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander populations.

An ongoing commitment

Suncorp has been protecting what matters for more than 100 years. Now, as the Queensland SES’s Principal Community Partner, we’re taking our commitment to Queensland one step further.

“Suncorp has always had the customer at the forefront, and great customer service and care during the moments that matter is what we strive to achieve,” said Suncorp employee and SES volunteer Jacqui Schloman at the partnership launch.

“Likewise, the SES is about helping our community when we need them the most – so essentially, both organisations aim to put the customer first and ensure they are supported when impacted by a crisis or event.”

Preparing for storm season

If you can look after yourself this storm season, the SES will be free to help others.

Make sure you are prepared by finding out about your local flood history. Contact your council for specific information on how floods may affect your property.

You can also take the following actions to prepare your home:

  • Clean your gutters, downpipes and drains regularly
  • Fix any damage to your roof
  • Make a home emergency plan
  • Have an emergency kit
  • Check that your insurance policy is current and adequate

For more information on preparing your home for severe weather, visit ses.qld.gov.augetready.qld.gov.au or suncorp.com.au/eventseason.

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