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Wednesday
Jan192011

The Floods and What Comes After for Queensland

A4 Queensland Recovery Setting the Principles to guide the recovery. Ed Blakely 7 min

The tragedy is Queensland can be mitigated to a great degree by the actions of public officials when they commence the recovery process. It is important that the principles that guide the recovery be articulate early and clearly. These are:

1. Develop a very clear proces for continuous engagement and listening. The physical manifestations of any disaster are short lived, a few years. But the trauma of the events live in the hearts and minds of people who experienced may scare for life. A longterm well devleoped program with various levels of help for residents, workers and volunteeers has to be established and funded to meet the on going mental health crisis.

2.Re-establish security in all areas afected as soon as possible. Nothing provides greater confindence to citizens than police security, re-establisning power, opening schools and restoring the normal functions of government as soon as possible and in a form to fit the situation.

3.Examine the depth of the economic shock and move quickly to repair basic economic functions or firms that move away temproarily will stay away permanently. Every disaster economy is transformed by the schock and it is wise to look to future and not past economy to fashion the way forward post crisis.

4. Re-build and future proof the regional infrastructure which includes greening and decentralising basic delivery mechanism like power and water and hardening esential infrastructure.

5. Establising a community sustainable re-building program that places dwelling units in a better postion to survive not just the current form of disaster but the larger long term impacts of climate change by exmaning locational issues, housing design and housing capacity to withstand changing climatice conditions.

 A5 Creating a 7 Step Recovery Plan EJB

  1. The worst may not be over—there are many forms of after shock from more natural episodes to raised dangers of disease, snakes and unleashed contaminants as well as price rises and housing shortages.
  2. Recovery must be done on an eco-regional scale without regard to political boundaries. It is the eco-system that is damaged and it has to be put right irrespective of local political boundaries.
  3. Develop a well organized and led regional recovery authority that reports to the Premier with all the necessary capacity to do what is required and with a strong cheif executuive.
  4. Lesson to international experts—bring a small but highly respected group of experts to the scene so the leaders of the recovery can take advantage of the best thinking and practices before the process commences and the public is made aware of thier advice.
  5. Develop a deep data and information system on the human and eco systems to inform decisions and to measure progress
  6. Creare a plan for the area future that is based on future needs and not current expiedency.
  7. Develop a long term infrastructure program aimed at dealing with diminished energy supplies and addresses the need to retreat from certain areas or change the way we build to reduce the dangers to sensitive environments.