A LACK of community preparedness contributed to a marked increase in State Emergency Service callouts this past financial year.
In the SES Winter Gazette, published last month, director Andrew Lea revealed that there was an 8 per cent increase in callouts, and a 67 per cent increase in time commitment.
Mr Lea said the average annual time commitment of volunteers had increased by about 1000 hours each year, over the past six years.
Northern regional manager Mhairi Revie said while the increase was largely due to January's bushfires, a lack of community preparation contributed.
"One thing we've really noticed is people aren't prepared as much as they used to be. Even this week, with the rain, some of the callouts came because people's gutters weren't clean, and therefore weren't coping with the downpour," Ms Revie said.
"So general maintenance around the home can go a long way, and people in low-lying areas can do things to raise their resilience ... like having some sandbags at hand."
Ms Revie said she was proud of how the service had handled an "extremely busy" year.
"That doesn't mean this year hasn't been challenging - not just for us, but for the employers of volunteers, who have been so good in allowing them to attend emergencies," she said.
Ms Revie said the SES Tasmania Facebook page provided updates on weather events and advice on preparing homes for emergencies.