Flood Awareness

FloodawarenessWhat is flood awareness: As the title implies they are generally mechanisms that increase the awareness of the potential local flood impacts and provide information about how to prepare for and reduce life threatening situations during flood events. These mechanisms typically include: flood information kits; displays and information sessions about flood risks; and easily accessible flood related information on the Councils website.

Improves community access and recreational use:

Not applicable. Why? Flood awareness mechanisms are education tools to provide the community with information about the local flood risk, how to prepare and what to do during a flood event. As a result they cannot improve community access and recreational use.

Does not disadvantage individual members of the community:

Flood awareness mechanisms generally do not disadvantage individual members of the community. Why? Flood awareness can occur through a range of formats such as brochures, letter, speeches, videos, and information stalls. Flood awareness can also be communicated in varying languages and pictures to be inclusive of different people’s needs in the community.

 Provides safety to the community during flooding:

Flood awareness mechanisms generally provide safety to the community. Why? If people are prepared for flood events they know the likely consequences and can react quickly to provide safety for not only themselves, but to their family and potentially their neighbours.

Raises community awareness and understanding of the local flood risk:

Flood awareness mechanisms improve community awareness and understanding of the local flood risk. Why? This is the primary aim of flood awareness as the mechanisms can provide the community with knowledge about the local flood risk, how to prepare and what to do during a flood event.

Does not threaten local plants and animals and their habitat:

Not applicable. Why? Flood awareness mechanisms are education tools to provide the community with information about the local flood risk, how to prepare and what to do during a flood event. As a result they generally do not threaten local plants and animals and their habitat.

Does not cause water quality issues:

Flood awareness mechanisms can improve water quality Why? These mechanisms can allow community members to prepare for flooding which can include placing contents and chemicals above predicted flood heights hence, reducing the potential impacts of these items washing into nearby rivers or streams causing water quality issues.

Initial Costs (i.e design/construction) require minimal council expenditure:

Flood awareness mechanisms have minor initial costs to council Why? Flood awareness programs generally include costs related to the preparation and printing of flood awareness material in conjunction with Council or State Emergency Service (SES) staff time to educate the community.

Requires minimal ongoing council expenditure after implementation:

Flood awareness mechanisms have minor ongoing costs to council. Why? Follow-up awareness programs are extremely important to ensure the entire community is aware about the local flood risk, how they can prepare and what to do during a flood event. This becomes vital if the community has a high turn-over rate with new residents moving in and out regularly. As such the ongoing costs generally include as stated above the preparation and printing of flood awareness material in conjunction with Council or SES staff time to educate the community.

Reduces flood damages to the community:

Flood awareness mechanisms can reduce flood related damages to the community. Why? Flood awareness can ensure that the community is aware of the risk leading to the packing, raising or relocation of valuable objects and possessions post flood warning reducing flood related damages. Note: This may not always be possible as warning times in flash flood environments may be very limited only providing enough time to community members to evacuate or move to refuge areas. 

Does not cause negative flood impacts to other areas (both upstream and downstream):

Not applicable. Why? Flood awareness mechanisms are education tools to provide the community with information about the local flood risk, how to prepare and what to do during a flood event. As a result they do not generally cause negative flood impacts to other areas.