Doing it by the book: A paradox in disaster management
Emergency Management Australia
Faculty of Regional Professional Studies
School of Regional Professional Studies CSESS
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.