Queensland to develop ‘drone zones’
The Queensland government has committed to developing “drone zones” for commercial tests of aerial drone technology. In addition to designating zones for testing aerial drones, the government will create areas for testing the land-based and marine capabilities of drones. (Last year Brisbane City Council designated parts of 10 parks as zones for recreational flying of drones asRead More
Five Survival Skills Movies Taught You Wrongly
Movies are great at telling stories, but they’re horrible at teaching basic survival skills. Here are five of the ways they’ve led us astray – from performing CPR to battling wild animals. Movies and TV shows are meant as entertainment. As such, they tend to take shortcuts. Sometimes the survival methods they “teach” carry overRead More
Disaster plan ‘empowers’ vulnerable towns
From highly-equipped communities to new disaster dashboards, councils are focusing on preparedness and information in their approaches to emergency management. After a tornado ripped through Burrum Heads in 2013 leaving it isolated and without power for three days, the coastal Queensland community of some 2,000 residents knew it needed to better prepare for major emergencies.Read More
BOM declares a 50 per cent chance of El Nino this spring
Warm and dry — that has been the story of the season, and now there is a good chance that is set to continue for south-east Australia. The Bureau of Meteorology has just declared an El Nino ‘watch’, which means that while we are still in the neutral phase of the El Nino Southern OscillationRead More
How does altitude affect the body and why does it affect people differently?
Every year, thousands of people travel to high-altitude environments for tourism, adventure-seeking, or to train and compete in various sports. Unfortunately, these trips can be marred by the effects of acute altitude sickness, and the symptoms vary from person to person. To understand why people are affected differently, we have to look at how theRead More
Tasmania Police remind drivers to buckle up their pets
Seatbelts are not only important for human passengers, with drivers running the risk of being slapped with a hefty fine if they don’t buckle up their pets when travelling in the car. Tasmania Police inspector John Ward warned that dog owners who failed to protect their pooches could face a $159 fine and injure orRead More
Do you have ideas on how we respond to disasters?
Via MyPolice Rockhampton In times of disaster it can be difficult for government staff to access and assess areas that are hardest hit by a disaster, as basic infrastructure including roads, communication, electricity and water are often severely damaged. Disaster coordination centres and senior staff require real time data to assist, across multiple systems andRead More
Dungog Floods: A Case Study Of Spontaneous Coordination and Community Led Recovery
In April 2015 the small rural community of Dungog, in the Hunter Valley region of NSW, experienced a significant flooding event which resulted in the loss of 3 lives and the inundation of over 100 homes. The community responded by establishing a range of support and recovery mechanisms, such a clothing pools, food banks, crisisRead More
Who Are the Real First Responders?
The 2018 Australian and New Zealand Disaster and Emergency Management Conference is on next week over the 21-22 May at The Star Gold Coast. Mr Jesse Mcneilly, Director at Safe Response joins us at the Conference to discuss ‘Who Are the Real First Responders?’ Abstract Jesse examines the direct links between bystander involvement in disastersRead More
Are we prepared for the deliberate use of chemical and biological materials in Australia?
By Dr Rebecca Hoile, Torrens Resilience Institute, World Health Organisation Collaborating Centre, Flinders University Effective response for an all-hazard emergency is underpinned by proper preparedness measures. Yet are we prepared for the deliberate use of chemical and biological materials? A deliberate event involving toxic and pathogenic agents fundamentally transforms the context in which public health,Read More