Environment related planning

Camping environmental considerations

Other environmental considerations other than climate or weather for bushwalking may include but is not limited to:

  • the type of flora expected (g. impeding progress, ability to cut or scratch etc.)
  • the fauna expected (g. risks associated with venomous snakes, ants etc.)

 

Camping – severe weather

The following table details the:

  • current Australian weather warnings
  • associated weather for each warning
  • mainland warning trigger points for issuing warnings for strong winds and hail.

Bureau of Meteorology weather warnings and associated weather Table:

 

Severe Weather warning Thunderstorm warning Coastal Waters Wind Warning Tropical Cyclone Advice: Watch or warning
High tides
Large surf
Heavy rain/flash flooding Heavy rain/flash flooding
Blizzards Blizzards
Strong winds

Wind >63 km/h

Gusts >90 km/h

Strong winds

Gusts >90 km/h

Strong winds

Wind >48 km/h or >26 knots

Strong winds

Wind >62 km/h or >=34 knots

Tornadoes
Hail

Hail >=2cm

Lightning

 

 

Camping severe weather triggers

Trigger points shall be based on the Bureau of Meteorology weather warnings and actual weather conditions.

The risk management plan and emergency management plan should include guidance on trigger points and associated actions for:

  • severe weather warnings
  • thunderstorm warnings
  • coastal waters wind warnings
  • tropical cyclone advice: watch and warning
  • extreme cold temperature
  • extreme hot temperatures

Actions for severe weather warnings may include but is not limited to:

  • avoid locations effected by tides or surf
  • avoiding areas and river crossings that have the potential for flash flooding
  • preparations to avoid the risks associated with blizzards
  • moving to areas that are protected from strong winds
  • managing risks of flying or falling items during strong winds

Actions for thunderstorm warnings may include but is not limited to:

  • avoiding areas and river crossings that have the potential for flash flooding
  • preparations to avoid the risks associated with blizzards
  • moving to areas that are protected from strong winds
  • managing risks of flying or falling items during strong winds
  • moving to areas that are protected from hail
  • preparations to avoid the risks associated with lightning

Actions for coast waters wind warnings may include but is not limited to:

  • moving to areas that are protected from strong winds
  • managing risks of flying or falling items during strong winds

Actions for tropical cyclone warnings may include but is not limited to:

  • evacuating to a safe location
  • avoid locations effected by tides or surf
  • moving to areas that are protected from strong winds
  • managing risks of flying or falling items during strong winds
  • avoiding areas and river crossing that have the potential for flash flooding

 

Camping flood risk management

Camping – flash flooding

When camping, locations likely to experience flash flooding should be avoided.

Areas likely to experience flash flooding should be avoided during severe weather or thunderstorms.

The suitability of water for drinking during and after flooding should be assessed.

 

Wildlife safety

Camping wildlife safety

Procedures should be in place to minimise the risks associated with wildlife that may be encountered.

 

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