Resilience measure: Rescue plan


The aim of flood rescue operations is to move people from immediate or potential harm to safety. Failed evacuation operations (e.g. evacuation operations which have been initiated too late and have not been completed before egress routes are lost) can result in the need for large-scale coordinated rescue plans to take place to rescue people and animals from flood islands or inundated areas (Australian Institute for Disaster Resilience, 2009).

Co-benefits and impacts

Development of rescue plans affords several benefits such as greater clarity and certainty in respect of roles and responsibilities for flood rescue operations during a major flood event, greater clarity and certainty in respect of roles and responsibilities of supporting flood rescue operations such as medical support (air ambulances etc.), animal rescue, dive-teams, vehicle retrieval and other flood response efforts operating simultaneously in flooded areas. Additionally, improved visibility of the capabilities and capacity of available flood rescue resources is accomplished during flood events, achieving greater utilisation of available resources and assurance for the public, as the rescue teams respond to mutual aid requests and they are capable of carrying out the tasks required to secure people's safety. Rescue plans also enable improvements in the co-ordination of resources on the ground and/with air search and rescue operations, the provision of logistical support, the decontamination of equipment and the return of specialist resources to normal duties at the end of the incident. Furthermore, reduced cost is achieved by taking a national multi-agency approach to strategic resilience and making best use of existing assets and standardisation of approach and equipment across all agencies with a common procurement framework. Finally, rescue plan will also drive down costs and enhance resilience through greater interoperability
(Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, 2012).

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Availability and level of spatial coverage of emergency communication systems
Availability of emergency evacuation routes
Conduction of evacuation disaster drills based on structural failure scenarios
Conduction of evacuation training
Development and design of evacuation procedures based on flood risk simulations and assessment of results
Availability of evacuation plans with maps
Availability of crisis management plan with maps
Availability of financial resources supporting rescue services
Availability of financial resources enabling the development and implementation of evacuation plans before human loss
Availability of trained volunteers
Citizens Learning and adapting from previous events
Responsible authorities Learning and adapting from previous events
Multidisciplinary knowledge exchange (engineer, architect/urban planner, sociologist, economist, politician - city government, etc.)
Knowledge exchange between scientific community and authorities
Informal coordination of citizens' actions within community
Active involvement and support of citizens in flood risk related activities
Flood risk education

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Last modified: Sept. 14, 2016, 10:03 a.m.