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Australia’s ‘Deadliest Natural Hazard’: What’s Your Heatwave Plan?

Heatwaves are Australia’s deadliest natural hazard, but a recent survey has found that many vulnerable people do not have plans to cope with extreme heat. Working with the Bushfire and Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre and the Bureau of Meteorology, my colleagues and I surveyed 250 residents and 60 business managers in Western Sydney and the NSW North

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Where to Take Refuge in Your Home During a Bushfire

When you live in a bushfire-prone area you can’t ignore the danger. Most individuals and families address this necessity by preparing a bushfire survival plan. The best way to survive a bushfire is not to be there when it arrives. For most Australian fire agencies the “leave early” policy has largely replaced the previous “stay and defend or

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Facebook Trials Australian Bush Fire and Disaster Planning Feature

Facebook is trialling a location data-driven feature which it believes will help authorities combat bush fires in Australia, as well as tackling other disasters around the world, and it hopes to have the feature ready to roll out before summer. Speaking to The Australian Financial Review while in the country for the Office of the Australian Information

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Emergency WA website publishing real-time WA bushfire information

A new website that provides a live feed of bushfire information to West Australians has been launched to give more accurate public safety warnings. The Emergency WA website contains a map of all emergency incidents that have been reported to the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES), updated in real time using data from

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