AIDR Handbook Showcase webinar series

Flood Emergency Planning for Disaster Resilience Handbook


1.30pm-3.00pm (AEDT), 19 November 2020



The new Flood Emergency Planning for Disaster Resilience Handbook provides guidance to inform the development of flood emergency plans by outlining a series of principles and processes.

Flooding poses a significant risk to Australian communities and it is essential that proactive flood emergency plans are developed to guide responses. Average annual economic losses for floods have been estimated to be greater than cyclones, storms, bushfires and earthquakes, costing Australia $8.8 billion annually. Without plans, decision makers are forced to be reactive in their decision making and can be left to deal with avoidable consequences

Key considerations are outlined for specific capabilities and environments. The handbook is applicable to all communities across Australia and all levels of planning.

Tune in to this free event to hear from leading Australian experts as they unpack the principles and practice of flood emergency planning for disaster resilience.


Guest speakers:

Ian Dinham, President FMA

Andrew Gissing, Handbook Writer, Risk Frontiers

Mike Lollback, Manager Assist Services, Local Government Association of Queensland

Duncan McLuckie, Principal Flood Specialist, NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment

Angela Toniato, Senior Natural Resource Officer, NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment

Tamsin Achilles, Manager Emergency Management Planning, Victoria State Emergency Service



Amanda Leck, Executive Director AIDR


Who should attend?

The handbook is intended to guide and assist those that play a role in flood emergency planning, community engagement and flood warning.

The audience for the handbook includes:

  • emergency service workers
  • floodplain managers
  • government departments and agencies
  • dam owners and operators
  • the community including businesses, community sector organisations, primary producers and individuals involved in community-based emergency planning
  • local government
  • recovery and reconstruction agencies
  • infrastructure operators
  • researchers

About the Handbook Collection:

The Australian Disaster Resilience Handbook Collection:

  • provides an authoritative, trusted and freely available source of knowledge about disaster resilience principles in Australia
  • aligns national disaster resilience strategy and policy with practice, by guiding and supporting jurisdictions, agencies and other organisations and individuals in their implementation and adoption
  • highlights and promotes the adoption of good practice in building disaster resilience in Australia
    builds interoperability between jurisdictions, agencies, the private sector, local businesses and community groups by promoting use of a common language and coordinated, nationally agreed principles.