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Sydney, my home, is currently being hammered by major rain and storms. Winds up to 80 mph, massive waves, ships broken from their moorings and beached, and tragically, nine dead.

Chopper pilots who will later probably receive commendations for bravery and superb airmanship winched every last crewman off the ship in torrential rain and winds.

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All alive, all safe and sound…all in a day’s work.

Yet not one person is sitting on their ass waiting for the government to come help them. As usual, as soon as the storm hit, THE PLAN was activated.

The State Emergency Services received SEVEN THOUSAND calls for help at the rate of 100 an hour.(The SES is our civilian rescue and civil defence authority, all volunteers)

Men and women, in their offices or in their homes, got up, went to their respective headquarters, got their gear, received briefings and went to work.

They knew their jobs backward..because every situation had been planned for, they had trained and trained and worked and prepared..so that when the time came, they knew what they had to do.

Every situation has a procedure, every unit a plan, every team member knows their task and does it as part of a coordinated effort.

Did I mention that salvage crews are already aboard the ship? That we have a plan for that too?

Where is the Federal Government?

Standing by to lend a hand

Is the Premier of NSW sitting on his ass crying “we need buses”?

Nope, he is in his office being reported to by capable, competent people who know their jobs too.

Oh, did I mention buses? Yeah, we used them yesterday, to grab a couple hundred people stranded when the Central Coast line was cut by a landslide. Took us an hour to organise, but it was an “on the fly” problem, and the major delay was getting to the passengers because the buses had to slow down owing to low visibility.

Even the insurance companies are in on the action, lending a hand

NRMA Insurance Newcastle operations manager Suzanne Jolliffe said the company was able to help customers with emergency accommodation and had sent mobile units to the city to begin assessing property damage.

“We have an excellent track record of helping customers after a natural disaster and we are doing all we can to help those affected by the recent wild weather,” Ms Jolliffe said.

GIO home insurance general manager Lyndell Fraser urged customers whose properties had been damaged to contact the company by telephone as soon as possible, so that claims could be approved swiftly.

“Where damage to property is relatively minor, GIO staff can give immediate approval over the phone for repairs on all valid claims,” Ms Fraser said.

The NRMA, a car association who does a TREMENDOUS job, also have units out on the road for breakdowns and assistance in this weather, and who have probably been a guardian angel to more than one stranded and frightened motorist and their families.

Evacuate a nursing home with only a short notice?


No problem

The State Emergency Service (SES) is moving to safety the residents of the nursing home situated beside the Wyong River. The home has been cut off by rising waters.

“As a precaution those residents are being taken to higher ground,” SES spokesman Philip Campbell said.

Dear Mayor Nagin, the above is cordially offered to you as an object lesson in how to manage a natural disaster.

True, this is not in the same category of Katrina, but you see, Your Honour, that really isn’t relevant.

We have a plan for that.

Do you?

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Those of you on blood pressure tablets, take them now.

Place all breakable objects out of reach. Now.

Read on when you are ready.

Give us more, O Emperor! »

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Long Tan, El Alamein, Tobruk, Gallipoli, Europe, East Timor, Afghanistan, Iraq,Kokoda,Borneo, and even on the River Plate, in searing desert sands and stinking jungles,far from home and from all they knew and loved, they fought and fell in all corners of the globe, small in number, yet fierce of heart.

Today we remember their sacrifice,we honour their courage, and we give thanks for the freedom we take so much for granted.

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God of our Fathers known of old, Lord of the far flung battle line
Beneath whose awful hand we hold,Dominion over palm and pine.

Lord God of Hosts be with us yet
Lest we forget
Lest we forget.

The tumult and the shouting dies,The Captains and the Kings depart,
Still stands thine ancient sacrifice,a humble and a contrite heart.

Lord God of Hosts be with us yet
Lest we forget
Lest we forget

Far called, our navies melt away;On dune and headland sinks the fire:
Lo, all our pomp of yesterday,Is one with Nineveh and Tyre!

Judge of the Nations, spare us yet,
Lest we forget
Lest we forget!

If, drunk with sight of power, we loose,Wild tongues that have not Thee in awe,
Such boastings as the Gentiles use,Or lesser breeds without the Law—

Lord God of Hosts, be with us yet,
Lest we forget
Lest we forget

For heathen heart that puts her trust,In reeking tube and iron shard,
All valiant dust that builds on dust,And guarding, calls not Thee to guard,
For frantic boast and foolish word—Thy mercy on Thy people, Lord!

Lord God of Hosts, be with us yet,
Lest we forget
Lest we forget

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