National Emergency Medal - Tropical Cyclone Debbie

21 April 2020

The National Emergency Medal is now available to the Southside’s fearless emergency services workers, including volunteers, who directly responded to Tropical Cyclone Debbie in 2017.

Member for Griffith, Terri Butler, said locals could nominate eligible friends, family and neighbours who assisted with the disaster.

“If you know someone deserving of the National Emergency Medal, who helped during Tropical Cyclone Debbie, this is our chance as a community to recognise and honour that person,” Ms Butler said.

“As Queenslanders, we know what devastating impacts wild weather can have. I grew up in Cairns, so I know it particularly well.”

“More than 2000 homes were damaged during TC Debbie and 14 people lost their lives,” Ms Butler said.

“Helping during a nationally significant disaster requires nationally significant recognition.”

“Eligibility is open to a range of emergency service responders, paid and unpaid, who assisted during
Tropical Cyclone Debbie. “

The National Emergency Medal (Tropical Cyclone Debbie 2017) Declaration 2020 outlines the eligibility criteria and is available on the Governor-General’s website at this link.

The Australian Honours and Awards Secretariat at Government House will notify relevant organisations that the National Emergency medal is available to both their paid and unpaid personnel. As each nomination requires verification from the deploying emergency response organisation,  nominations from the deploying organisations are preferred.

National Emergency Medal, established in 2011, is an operational service medal that recognises service in response to a nationally significant emergency.