Lions Clubs set to establish generator bank for emergencies

LIONS TO THE RESCUE: Bundaberg Lions President Rino Gastaldo, Robyn Pohlmann and Geoff McColl with the new generators. Photo: Simon Young / NewsMail
LIONS TO THE RESCUE: Bundaberg Lions President Rino Gastaldo, Robyn Pohlmann and Geoff McColl with the new generators. Photo: Simon Young / NewsMail Simon Young

WHILE a majority of people are able to get by with torches and non-perishables during the event of a disaster, this is definitely not the case for the sick who rely on electricity to power life-saving medical equipment.

And it's for this reason that the Bundaberg Combined Lions Clubs Disaster Recovery Committee is looking to establish a generator bank for those who might encounter problems with protracted loss of electricity supply.

"When the Tasmanian bushfires were on, one of our clubs had a bank of generators they could lend out to victims to allow them to stay in their home," committee chairman Jeff McColl said.

But Mr McColl said the group was facing quite a large stumbling block.

"We don't have a clue as to how many we need," he said.

"We have no idea of how many people in the area are in the category of using medical machines in their homes."

The call for generators comes two days after the Bundaberg Regional Council confirmed punitive action would not be taken against a person running a generator during a power blackout, after the NewsMail received numerous complaints about the noise of the machines being run after the November 17 blackout.

Mr McColl said while the group would be looking to purchase some generators for the bank, the first priority was to get an idea of how many people would be in need of the power supply back-up should disaster strike.

"We will be seeking grants to purchase them so that people can have them," he said.

The generators will be stored nearby local evacuation points with the Lions Clubs to transport them wherever they are needed by way of a trailer.

The chairman said the generators would be given out on a "no damage, no fee" basis once it was determined how many sick people required this level of support.

"Hopefully then we will have enough generators available to assist other people," he said.

The disaster recovery committee has now made the call for anyone who relies on medical equipment to come forward with their details.

A letter including your name, address, phone number, type of machine in use, power required to operate the machine (watts or kVA) as well as any other additional information can be sent to:

Combined Lions Clubs of Bundaberg
P.O. Box 138, Bundaberg, Queensland, 4670.

Topics:  disasters generators lions club

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