The course will enable participants to contribute to the selection, planning, implementation and management of evacuation as a risk treatment strategy within an affected community. The course content deals with managing community evacuation in an emergency management context and supports participants to apply the NSW Evacuation Management Guidelines.
Evacuation is a risk management strategy that may be used to mitigate the effects of an emergency on a community. It involves the movement of people to a safer location and their return.
"For an evacuation to be effective, it must be appropriately planned and implemented." (AGD EMA Evacuation Planning Handbook 4).
This should not be confused with rescue which is defined as 'the safe removal of persons or domestic animals from actual or threatened danger of physical harm'(State Rescue Policy).
Evacuation is a scalable activity in that it may be applied to individuals, a household, a street, a large facility (e.g. school or hospital), a suburb, a town or a larger geographic area.
An effective evacuation requires appropriate consideration of the processes involved in correctly managing such an event in terms of both pre-event and operational planning.
2 Days, class based
This course is applicable to employee and volunteer personnel working at a local, district or state level. Participants should have a management role in planning for evacuation; or conducting evacuation; or providing resource / functional area support to evacuation.
Participants are not formally assessed at the completion of this course. Consolidation of learning will be achieved through the use of case studies.
On completion of this program, participants will be able to:
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