AAMI supports campaign to stop driving through floodwater


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Suncorp Group’s insurance brand AAMI is getting behind Victoria State Emergency Service’s (VICSES) latest campaign to educate motorists on the dangers of driving through floodwater, increasing community resilience.

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AAMI supports campaign to stop driving through floodwater

It can take as little as 15 centimetres of water for a small vehicle to float, which is equivalent to the size of an average pen.  

That’s the message being shared through ’15 to float’, a VICSES community safety campaign highlighting the dangers of driving in floodwater and the actions drivers can take to stay safe.  

Victoria SES Chief Officer Operations Tim Wiebusch said the campaign is being rolled out on the back of the number one cause of historical flood related fatalities which is associated with those washed away in motor vehicles.

“Over the 2019-20 financial year, VICSES volunteers responded to 175 requests for assistance related to vehicles that have become stranded in water. 

“Vehicles that become stranded in water places our SES volunteer crews and other responders at risk.

“In terms of natural hazards, floods are the second highest cause of fatality in Australia (following heatwaves). We have long advocated that it is dangerous to drive through water over the road, but many people wouldn’t realise just how little floodwater it takes for a car to lose control.”

In terms of natural hazards, floods are the second highest cause of fatality in Australia (following heatwaves). Over the 2019-20 financial year, VICSES volunteers responded to 175 requests for assistance related to vehicles that have become stranded in water.

Victoria SES Chief Officer Operations Tim Wiebusch

AAMI’s Head of Motor Claims Anna Cartwright said both AAMI and the VICSES were committed to ensuring our local communities were prepared for the upcoming summer storm season.

“Through our community partnerships like with the VICSES, we want to help Australians become more resilient to extreme weather like floods," she said.

"We want people to have the knowledge and can take appropriate action to prepare, respond and recover from a natural disaster more quickly."

AAMI has held a longstanding partnership with VICSES for over 17 years providing funding for community engagement materials and vital equipment for volunteers.


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