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Handout 4.1 - Royal Commission Report

Introduction
This part of the report is where you should give an overview of the event. It should also include a description of the prevailing conditions before the catastrophe occurred.

Causes
This is where the factors such as weather, technology, and human activity including errors in judgement, and bad decisions will be described.

Scale of the Disaster
This section should include the number of deaths, injuries, property damage etc.

Human interest
Here is the section for the stories of sacrifice, courage and determination, weakness and human frailty.

Handling of the crisis and emergency situation
This is the section to investigate leadership, preparedness, who did what and when, and all aspects of rescue and recovery.

Conclusions and recommendations
This is especially important and needs to be the result of the analysis of the whole Royal Commission team. Even though the three Ice Disasters under investigation happened many years ago ask the students for recommendations that would have applied best at that time and perhaps some for today. After all, we still have people being killed in avalanches, ice storms and sinking ships and boats.