Fundamentals of managing flood emergencies--part 2: continuing from last month's article in FIRE, this year's Watersafe keynote speaker outlines the central tenets of flood risk assessment under pressure.(Watersafe 2004)

I never enjoy getting phone calls in the early hours of the morning because they are never good. Such is the case with all but one of the flood emergencies I have been called to respond or deploy to. They typically unfolded under the cover of darkness and now somebody needs lots of help quickly since it is flooding. The phone rings, the notification is made, and off I go to a place I have never been to before that is now underwater. Despite all that, you and I will respond and we will assist that community with the issue at hand. It rained too much!

You may be faced with the same challenges one day. However, in this article I will share with you some tips on how to create a hazard assessment and response plan 'on the fly'. I wish I could state that one day, with some time on my hands, I sat back and imagined that I found myself in this predicament and made some notes 'just in case'. This was not the case. As a result of a real experience I round that there are eight things that as a response team manager I needed to know, and facilitate quickly, in order to respond safely and appropriately to any community that had no assessment or plan in place. …

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