Flood Warning and Damages in Alice Springs: Part 1 Executive Summary. Part 2 Tangible Damages Part 3 Intangible Damages & Emergency Procedures
Handmer, John; Smith, D. I.; Greenaway, Mark
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Technical Report WRA89053 Viewed at 03:02:00 on 18/02/2010 Page 13 of 139. 104-6 3 - ~ther problems conce~n ~he lack of reliability in the f:ood detection equl~~e~t. This should be engineered out of ::r:e system. - ~arnl~g d:sse~i~at:~n ~as inadequate, and should receive 3~te:1tion. -~he b;:oacic2.s~ rr:edia and .A..bo:cigi:1al organisations shculd be made part of cte official warning system. - ~he :imited ti~e ma~es rapid decision-making imperative. oo nt'-l role ~~nFl~~ts '-d o-~er decl'Sl'on--a'K'ng _ '-~ ..:.c:. _ '- ...... ~ ___ '-_ __oj. ..... J.. _ '" ,LL ..:.. difficul~ies mus~ be add=essed beforehand. Delays in the 3ystem, such as when to notify police ~hat flooding is possible, when t:) ac:.:va'C.e the Counter Disaster Committ.ee, ar.d when to iss'~e p'-1clic ',;arnings need to be add=essed. One possible improvement would be for PAWA to alert both the police and Emergency Servlces that a flood was possible, ins~ead of only the police as at present. The Counter Disaster Cocmittee shou:d be activated as early as possi~le. - Ways should be explored of extending the lead time, as this is t~e ~ajor tech~:cal proble~ with the system. - The Counter Disas~er ?la~ should assign specific responsibility [0= notify:ng tl".e )I.borigines of potential flooding as c~ey a~e the group most at risk. - People seek informatio~ during floods and they generally t~rn to the broadcas~ ~edia. The medial including the Aboriginal media, can assist emergency managers by putting out wa=nings and othe= instructions. They should be formally part of ~he warning system. References Smith, 0.1. and J.W. Han~"er 1986 Flood warning in Australia. Canberra: CRES, ANU. '.'latson, N. 1987 Developments :n floodplain management in the Northern territory since 1984. Paper presented at Australia/Ne;; Zealand Forum on flcodplain management. Sydney. I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I