What do we think about warnings?

johnboy 2 January 2007 13

The Canberra Times is running some outrage about the warnings issued for the New Year’s Eve storms.

How much warning do we really expect for what are, by their very nature, unpredictable events?

And how many false alarms are we willing to put up with?

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13 Responses to What do we think about warnings?
Maelinar Maelinar 8:42 pm 04 Jan 07

I heard somewhere on the grapevine that the jobs went into the 3odd thousand at one stage – although that was listening into the wind during a particularly large wind.

I must admit that when I watched the news broadcast to hear that we had been upgraded from some other colour into ‘blue’, I frankly had absolutely no idea what that was meant to mean.

I got into my car and drove to the new years party that I was going to.

If you know of anybody that was dicked around by the telephone service or the conduct of the operator, put them onto me.

I can’t do anything about it but we often get to talk with our supervisors and air our greivances – ammunition is always welcome.

crabb crabb 4:54 pm 03 Jan 07

While you can view the weather bureau thunderstorm warnings on the BOM website, are the SES warnings available online too? And are they one and the same thing? When you go to the NSW SES website (can’t open the ACT one at the moment) the link “Current warnings” takes you to BOM. The severe thunderstorm warning on New Year’s Eve was up on the BOM website for hours before the storms actually hit, but the SES TV message didn’t appear until much later. Just curious.

Thumper Thumper 4:13 pm 03 Jan 07


they go straight through to ESA I believe. I’m not sure if the phones are manned by volunteers or paid staff.

Given the amount of calls, lets see, over 500 odd jobs, there’s a possibility that the phone lines just got overloaded.

Anyway, as far as I know every call has now been attended to, or was last night when we stood down.

Mr Evil Mr Evil 2:58 pm 03 Jan 07

I’ve just looked out the window, and there’s still a lot of cloud about – shouldn’t there be warnings that a storm might be coming?

I mean people may have their washing out and it could get wet, or even worse, blown off the clothesline into the dirt?

seepi seepi 10:50 am 03 Jan 07

Thumper who answers SES calls? I believe people had a lot of trouble getting through to anyone on the night. (just asking, not criticising)

shauno shauno 11:13 pm 02 Jan 07

Fuck sake what a carry on. Was an impressive storm but stiff shit it happens. Like others i tracked it from here

Thumper Thumper 8:04 pm 02 Jan 07

Just got home from doing SES jobs all day. I’m knackered, I’m dirt and I’m too tired to take off my boots.

What is wrong with people? Fuck me, it was dark, cloudy, and a wind blew up. Of course there is going to be a storm!

People are pathetic….

Not all, but some are. It pisses me off that SES are EXPECTED to turn up every bloody time it rains. Take some responsibility people.

We are volunteers, NOT PAID!

Rant over. Good effort by all the guys over the past few days. ESA have nothing to answer to, they did what they had to do and got it right.

As I said, it was a storm, look outside and smell the air, look at the sky. You can bloody well tell when it’s going to happen.

Totally unlike the fires.

The public shit me no end sometimes.

ESA did everything possible. We/ they can do no more.

Okay, serious end of rant.

VYBerlinaV8_now with_added_grunt VYBerlinaV8_now with_added_grunt 4:16 pm 02 Jan 07

What?! Take responsibility for my own actions?! That’s not Canberra. Hell, that’s not even Queanbeyan.

Al Al 4:05 pm 02 Jan 07

Why when something bad happens is everyone in this town so instantly looking for someone to blame?
Blame the pollies, blame the ESA, blame the teachers, blame the media, blame George Gregan, anyone but the fool in the mirror…

Surely if you hear some thunder, stick your head out the window and see a black/green sky, it’s a fair bet there’s a storm about???
Time to fire up the weather bureau’s radar site and take responsibility for your own safety then isn’t it?

paperboy paperboy 3:06 pm 02 Jan 07

I was tracking the storm on the weather bureau’s radar site during Sunday afternoon. It had been building up for some time in the far south before it made its move. I was also checking the weather bureau’s ACT forecast, and even after the storm passed, next to the word ‘Warnings’, was the word ‘nil’. That probably means the ACT bureau didn’t have anyone on duty to update the forecast.(It was Sunday after all, but then, storms don’t get weekends off) So the warning that was finally issued, that prompted the ESA warning, must have come out of Sydney. My guess is that the Sydney office doesn’t keep a constant watch on radar screns, and missed this one until it was too late. What really annoyed me though, was the message across the television screens warning of the danger l-o-n-g after the storm has passed. That sort of inefficiency will only encourage complacency in the future.

Mr Evil Mr Evil 3:03 pm 02 Jan 07

“For a storm like that on the weekend, what can you really do about it anyway?”

Hide in an underground bunker – but make sure there’s good drainage. 🙂

Ralph Ralph 2:53 pm 02 Jan 07

Too many warnings and people start igorning them. For a storm like that on the weekend, what can you really do about it anyway?

VYBerlinaV8_now with_added_grunt VYBerlinaV8_now with_added_grunt 12:08 pm 02 Jan 07

If there are warnings and nothing happens people whinge. If something happens and there are no warnings people whinge.

With things like weather, warnings are nothing more than an advice that risk factors for a certain event are at or above a specific threshold. How the public interprets this is their own problem.

When I hear of severe thunderstorm warnings, I generally move my cars into the garage, call the dog in, and check there’s nothing too fragile outside my house that I might need. If the storm doesn’t hit, that doesn’t matter. A degree of common sense is called for here.

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