Professor Stephen Robson has won the 2010 Resilience Award for his emergency alert warning system called YellowBird.
YellowBird is a simple modification to standard AM/FM radio circuitry during an emergency that allows a tone, which is broadcast in routine radio transmissions, to automatically switch on the radio to receive emergency warnings.
The purpose of the award is to increase community resilience to extreme weather events. The ICA states that “extreme weather in Australia accounts for 19 of the 20 largest catastrophe events to take place in the last 40 years. While little can be done to stop extreme weather, the level of damage sustained by a community can be mitigated by a community being more resilient. How quickly a community recovers from a disaster can also be managed. This is why raising awareness about community resilience is so important and is highlighted in the ICA’s Resilience Policy.”
The ICA Resilience Policy defines the six key ingredients of resilience to be:
1. Community understanding of weather related risks
2. Risk appropriate land use planning and zoning
3. Risk appropriate mitigation measures
4. Risk appropriate property protection standards
5. Financial risk mitigation in the community
6. Community emergency and recovery planning
The Insurance Council of Australia (ICA) believes YellowBird makes a “significant contribution to community resilience”. As the recipient of the 2010 Resilience Award, Professor Robson received a $50,000 cash prize.
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