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Miscellaneous Correspondence and Data on Alice Springs Flooding 1986



Miscellaneous Correspondence and Data on Alice Springs Flooding 1986


Hamlyn-Harris, D.; Galton, R. P.; Charrington, Rowan; Freyling, Ron


E-Publications; E-Books; PublicationNT; Report no. 33/1986







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Northern Territory Government

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Alice Springs


Report no. 33/1986

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Northern Territory Government



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I 3 I I Mr. Paige (cont) I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I guess if we just talk about number 1 for starters and go through each group and see what you think your group will be doing at that stage, and what sort of problems you might see. The main constraint is the warning given which is very very short. Any decisions to evacuate people is got to be made within half an hour and in fact the decision to decide that it is a 1-100 as to opposed to a 1-10 is got to be made very quickly and could be First thing to consider is first of all for the services like ambulance, Department of Health, Police. Do you make a decision at that stage to station people on the other side of the river, given that the bridge can expected to be cut? You have the eastside and you also have the farm area, also got possibly the Old Timers, Yirara and you need access to the airport on that side of the river, perhaps you make some sort of decision at that stage. The decision to evacuate, obviously involves the welfare group. l'iho is going to run the evacuation centre? Where the evacuation centre is going to be. It is not good enough to have only one evacuation centre on the western side of the river, you will have to set one up on the other side of the river with duplicate personnel. You have got to assume you are not going to be able to communicate in the first 24 hours. Things to be considered at this time. Mr. Black Well, I think at that stage your communications, both your counter your general community communications. you are wanting to tell people through of your choice. Mr. Paige you got to be cranking up disaster communications and It's about that stage that 8HA, ABC or 8CCC or station What if this warnlng is given at 1.30 In the morning? Mr. Wood If an evacuation is iminent, we would be looking at a door knock, perhaps a police broadcast, police in patrol cars. Supt. Ilett We don't have that facility, unless you go around with bull horns in every street saying - "Move from here" You would have to start in the area where its likely to strike first. We would certainly be considering that situation at that time. Mr. Black I think even with bull horns you would be having trouble because in our place its pretty sound proof, what with the rain coming down as well, and maybe the air conditioner working.