Graeme Wynwood

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Graeme Wynwood

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With the multitude of warnings issued when an emergency hits, how can emergency services ensure their critical safety advice is heard and acted upon, rather than dismissed as noise? This project is helping emergency services warn communities by actively testing the wording and structure of warning messages to better understand how messages are understood and translated into direct action. The team is supporting broader initiatives in the communications and warnings space, not just for individual organisations, but also at the national level by providing reviews and assisting with the development of evidence-based warning doctrine.
This new project began in July 2017. It will investigate the development of a pilot capability to make useful predictions of community impacts of extreme weather on residential property, improving timely mitigation actions. This pilot project will focus on severe weather events (damaging winds and heavy rain) impacting eastern Australia – events in areas where most of our population is concentrated, particularly the coastal regions of southern Queensland, New South Wales and eastern Victoria. These events, which include East Coast Lows, can occur at any time during the year, with gale or storm force winds damaging mainly coastal areas, and widespread rain damaging residential properties through rain ingress.

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