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18
Jan

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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24
Aug

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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18
Jul

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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11
Nov

PREPARE. ACT. SURVIVE. Bushfire safety series.

Are you bushfire prepared? Are your family and home at risk? You don’t have to live in the bush to be threatened by bushfire – just close enough to be affected by burning material, embers and smoke. These short video clips are full of information that will help you to prepare your home and your

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13
Oct

Preparing for Disasters

Emergencies can strike at any time and can destroy homes and valuables, damage your health, upset routines and can lead to significant financial pressures. Some of us feel the effects of a disaster for a long time and, for some, lives will never return to the way they were before. While emergency services do all

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01
Sep

Busy bushfire season predicted for Australia’s most populous regions

Published September 1 2015, The Sydney Morning Herald. The most populous regions of Australia can expect another year of above-average fire risk as the long-term decline in cool season rainfall combines with the strengthening El Nino in the Pacific. A swath of land stretching from south-eastern South Australia to the north of Rockhampton in Queensland, and

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07
Jul

Victoria and California to share bushfire and drought plans

Original article published  by The Age 7 July 2015 by Richard Willingham The lessons from Victoria’s Black Saturday bushfires are being closely studied by the Californian government as it grapples with its own crippling drought and year-round threat of wild fire. In an Australian first, Victoria and California have signed a formal partnership to share information, skills

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10
Mar

Keynote Highlight – Dr Richard Thornton, Chief Executive of the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC

The Australian & New Zealand Disaster and Emergency Management Conference continues to support the Disaster and Emergency Management community with a strong focus on natural disasters and 2015 marks the 4th year of the event. The ANZDM Conference will be held 4-5 May 2015 at Jupiters Gold Coast with the theme of EARTH; FIRE AND RAIN. Presentation Title:

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28
Jan

Resident turns heat on fire app after Black Hill blaze

Residents in bushfire-prone areas are being reminded never to rely on one channel for emergency information following complaints about details provided by the FireReady smartphone app during this month’s Black Hill blaze. Noel Harvey, who was helping a friend near Baynton as a fire raged on January 7, said many people in Kyneton were confused

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22
Jan

New study shows bushfire risk rising for Yarra Ranges towns

NEW research has shown Yarra Ranges towns are likely to face an increased risk of major bushfires in the coming years, as authorities warn residents to start planning for the worst. The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning’s strategic bushfire management plan for the region, published last year, used bushfire simulation software to determine

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