‘Yasi’ comes to Townsville: a “hypothetical”

ABC Big Ideas’ presenter and producer Paul Barclay shared this interesting initiative by Green Cross Australia.  The idea of a hypothetical scenario which is being discussed by a range of experts and professionals including the Queensland’s Minister for Local Government, Community Recovery and Resilience David Crisafulli.  Global Resilience Collaborative would like to share this with broader public and resilience specialist alike. 

 

Satellite image of Cyclone Yasi on 2 February near peak intensity.  Image: wikipedia

Satellite image of Cyclone Yasi on 2 February near peak intensity.
Image: wikipedia

It is tropical cyclone season in Australia: the time of year when those in northern Australia are alert to the possibility of potentially devastating cyclones and storm surges. What would happen if a massive cyclone like 2011’s Cyclone Yasi hit Townsville head on? How well prepared is the city? This is a “hypothetical” discussion about building resilience against extreme weather events. While the scenario constructed is entirely made up, history suggests it’s certainly not out of the question…READ ON