Code Red – Catastrophe, Confusion and Confidence

Good morning – or is it?

Today, we wake up in Bendigo to a “code red” and what may well be a confusion of advice.

Warnings exist – and are issued – with only one purpose. With only one performance required of them. To elicit appropriate protective behaviour.

I have looked at the advice and I am not fleeing south. I will stay home. Partly because in the balance of things I think it will be best. However I think there may be confusion around town – especially given the advice (below) of going to the pictures. This warning is supposed to be about bushfires, not heatwave. Plus, we are a regional centre advised to leave.

A circumstance where advice may cause confusion and erode confidence.

Author: John Salter Consulting Services

John Salter - owner of John Salter Consulting Services - specialising in the facilitation of risk-based capability reviews; needs-based training; business continuity planning; crisis management exercises; and organisational debriefing. Recognised for “preventing disasters, or where that is not possible, reducing the potential for harm” Ref: Barrister H Selby, Inquest Handbook, 1998. Distracted by golf, camping, fishing, reading, red wine, movies and theatre.

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