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EMC review of warnings and information
Since February this year a review team led by the Emergency Management Commissioner Victoria, and supported by a national steering committee, has been undertaking a National Review of Warnings and Information.
Informed by an analysis of local and international literature written since 2008, and interviews with more than 100 practitioners and subject matter experts across the country, the review is also investigating the use of Emergency Alert, the telephony based warning system.
With a vast amount of work undertaken in recent years to improve the way the emergency services provide information and warnings to the community, the National Review of Warnings and Information aims to share jurisdictional knowledge, look for commonalities applied in practice, and develop a picture of good practice across a range of hazard types, such as fire, flood, storm and cyclone.
To bring together the various work and findings to date, a national workshop will be held in NSW in September to discuss and explore the emerging themes.
The review encompasses a number of themes including: policy and process, channels and systems, construction of warnings, community response, workforce capability, and continuous improvement and innovation.
Funded by the National Emergency Management Project grants program, and the Emergency Alert Program, the Final Report will be prepared by November 2014 and presented to the Australia New Zealand Emergency Management Committee (ANZEMC).