Emerging technologies in flash flood warnings

The 6th Australian and New Zealand Disaster and Emergency Management Conference will be held over the 22 – 23 May at The Star Gold Coast (previously Jupiter’s), Queensland.

Confirmed Keynotes Include:

  • Commissioner Ian Stewart, Queensland Police Service
  • Mr Rod Young, National Emergency Response Manager, Telstra
  • Mr John Yates QPM, Director of Security – Scentre Group, Australia and New Zealand, Westfield Corporation – US, UK & Europe
  • Ms Judy Slatyer, CEO, Australian Red Cross
  • Ms Kate Fitzgerald, Director Relief and Recovery, Emergency Management Victoria
  • Dr Susie Burke, Senior Psychologist, Public Interest, Environment and Disaster Response, Australian Psychological Society
  • Dr Paul Barnes, Head, Risk & Resilience, Australian Strategic Policy Institute
  • Associate Professor Peter Aitken, Senior Director, Health Disaster Management Unit, Queensland Health

Dr Dasarath Jayasuriya, Assistant Director Water Forecasting at the Bureau of Meteorology joins us this May at the conference to discuss ‘FLARE, Supporting local agencies to utilise current and emerging technologies in flash flood warnings’.

Floods are the second-highest cause of natural hazard deaths in Australia, a major source of property damage, and the most expensive type to recover from. Flash floods account for most flooding fatalities in Australia.

While the responsibility for flash flood warning lies with states and territories in partnership with local government (where appropriate), the Bureau of Meteorology has specialist expertise that may assist agencies to utilise technologies in flash flood warning.

This presentation showcases the Bureau’s commitment to assist state and local agencies to manage flash floods.

A web and telephone and email based advisory service, the Flash Flood Advisory Resource (FLARE), was recommended by an independent taskforce set up under the Australian New Zealand Emergency Management Committee to help standardise Bureau hazard services to emergency services. FLARE was implemented in September 2016 to support local agencies to utilise current and emerging technologies to develop, implement and operate sustainable and fit-for-purpose flash flood warning systems. FLARE currently has users from around 45 organisations across Australia.

Available to registered users, FLARE provides a wide range of resources such as case studies, interactive forums, and standards and guidelines. FLARE is not an operational service. The Bureau provides a range of operational products that support flash flood warning, such as Severe Weather Warnings and Severe Thunderstorm Warnings, rainfall predictions, radar and specialist weather products.

The presentation also describes the Bureau’s efforts to improve detection of potential and severity of flash flooding using radar technology, satellite imagery, forecasting and high resolution weather modelling.

For more information on the 2017 Australian & New Zealand Disaster & Emergency Management Conference and to secure your spot, visit www.anzdmc.com.au.