Title

Doing it by the book: A paradox in disaster management

Document Type

Journal Article

Publisher

Emergency Management Australia

Faculty

Regional Professional Studies

School

Regional Professional Studies CSESS

RAS ID

907

Comments

Originally published as: Palmer, M. (2001). Doing It by the Book: A Paradox in Disaster Management. Australian Journal of Emergency Management, 16(3), 40-44. Original article available here

Abstract

A disaster took place in Gracetown, a small seaside town in Western Australia in September 1996 when a cliff face broke away sending tonnes of rubble down on some students and teachers who were sheltering under an overhang. Local emergency response groups did everything by the book but things like communication became a serious problem as the location made the radio contact between the beach and Margaret River extremely difficult.