What do you know now about risk and response management, collaboration and coordination that you hadn't considered before?
For me its all the C's communication, collaboration, community, coordination, cooperation, critique. It is so important that there clear, concise communication with everyone involved, govt - national, regional, local, emergency services, communities, agencies, that everyone needs to work in collaboration for the best out come, that getting the community involved and on board is so important and this needs to happen prior to the emergency, coordination - it is vital a coordinated approach is taken by everyone it is great to have things like CIMS, it needs to be clear who is the lead agency, cooperation the sharing of resources, ideas, knowledge, skills as well as getting people to buy into plans, programs, policies etc such as not allowing building to be be constructed in fire prone areas. Critiquing - after a response and recovery there needs to be debriefing, learnings, critiquing of the plans and responses. Last year we had an emergency with floods and Civil Defence had plans in place to deal with it and also how they thought they would deal with AF8. Post floods they critiques what happened what worked and what could have gone better and realised they needed to rethink their plans.
Provide an example from the topic that made you really think deeper about risk and response management, collaboration or coordination. Why? I think it would have to be around planning. With recent weather events on the West Coast of NZ it was said this would become a much more common occurrence with climate change meaning more storms. Climate change will impact more wild fires etc and we all need to plan for this from individuals to communities , to TA and where they allow people to build for example in flood, storm, tsunami, earth quake, fire prone areas,. While we can't prevent storms, fires etc that occur as a result of things like climate change, we can lesson the impact by clearing possible fuel sources for instance, the type of vegetation planted all can contribute to reducing the risk. Planning also includes the types of material used in the construction and furnishing of homes, how and who will communicate messages about things like when to leave or stay etc all come down to planning