An evaluation and decision making support tool for public notification systems in New Zealand

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Leonard, G.S.; Wright, K.C.; Smith, W.D.; Johnston, D.M.; Kidd, A. 2008 An evaluation and decision making support tool for public notification systems in New Zealand. Lower Hutt, N.Z.: GNS Science. GNS Science report 2008/34 71 p.

Abstract: The Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management (MCDEM) has undertaken to provide an interactive tool, available for use by Civil Defence Emergency Management (CDEM) groups and their member councils, which will support critical decision–making when choosing which public warning notification systems are available for use during hazard events. A generic spreadsheet decision-making support tool, based on effectiveness criteria, has been designed to assist emergency managers at a regional and local level to select a combination of warning systems that best suit their hazardscape and communities. This report provides a tool that: Can be used across CDEM groups; Assesses the effectiveness of each alerting mechanism, implemented for the Group, against agreed criteria; Produces an individual effectiveness score for each of the alerting mechanisms; Allows these scores to be summed; Assesses against the target percentage; Scores the robustness/resilience of each factor; Compares cost effectiveness. (auth/DG)