We can’t rely on the ‘dogs breakfast’ of disaster warnings to do the hard work of building community resilience

Fri, 16 Feb 2024 19:34:22 +1100

Andrew Pam <xanni [at] glasswings.com.au>

Andrew Pam

"In the wake of cyclone Jasper, the new Australian Warning System has been
roundly criticised. The system has been characterised as a “dog’s breakfast”
and a “cock-up of massive proportions”.

For both emergency warnings, as well as for general awareness-raising around
disaster preparedness, one-way communications are the default in risk

This reliance on communications is wishful thinking.

Whether as text messages and alerts when disasters strike, or as pamphlets and
expert advice to encourage preparedness, we need to rethink how we use
communications if we want more resilient communities."

       *** Xanni ***
mailto:xanni@xanadu.net               Andrew Pam
http://xanadu.com.au/                 Chief Scientist, Xanadu
https://glasswings.com.au/            Partner, Glass Wings
https://sericyb.com.au/               Manager, Serious Cybernetics

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