Right to push panic but­ton


ALL too of­ten, the mere men­tion of a se­vere weather sys­tem sends peo­ple into lu­natic mode.

A bit of heavy rain on the radar is of­ten enough for su­per­mar­ket shelves to be stripped of milk and bread like dooms­day is on its way.

The me­dia is of­ten crit­i­cised for be­ing quick to pub­li­cise in­tense weather sys­tems be­cause of the over­re­ac­tion which fol­lows.

It was no dif­fer­ent when the bureau is­sued a tor­nado warn­ing for the re­gion this week. But the Chron­i­cle stands by its de­ci­sion to sup­port Emer­gency Ser­vices in sound­ing the alarm on Thurs­day.

His­tory tells us these kind of storms are most dev­as­tat­ing when no one has time to pre­pare.

Thank­fully, much of Mary­bor­ough and Her­vey Bay was spared the sever­ity ex­pe­ri­enced in Mary­bor­ough West and Ti­nana. Imag­ine if it hadn’t missed the ma­jor­ity of built up ar­eas? The scenes on pages 4-8 of to­day’s Chron­i­cle would have been a re­al­ity for ev­ery­one. .

Our thoughts are with the farm­ers and fam­i­lies who are en­dur­ing a mas­sive clean-up and po­ten­tially years of re­cov­ery.

Au­thor­i­ties were right to warn of what was to come.

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