Lessons from cleaning up …

Some things change … some things don’t.

Cleaning out old stuff – in this case, some plastic overhead transparency slides (remember them) associated with some planning consultancies and teaching at the Australian Counter Disaster College (yes, AC/DC) – 1987 to 1998.

A technique we used mapped hazard impact scenarios in geographic space – overlayed with social vulnerabilities.
Dam failure above Canberra
A nice illustration that the water may be the same, but the impacted “publics” vary.

The “Risk as a function of the interface between hazards and vulnerability” lives on in our Damocles Risk Assessor app.

Different “one in a million” fatality contours for a chlorine release in Port Adelaide
Erosion of the buffer zone with urban infill.

When you look at the implications of your exposure to hazards – and to your vulnerabilities, there are many social, political, and cultural issues to consider.

Pictures stimulate a thousand conversations

Impositions on younger generations
Socially irresponsible mountain goats
The politics of power
OughtWe is a useful decision making tool

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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