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 NorthRead More
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 orRead More
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 InformationRead More
Bushfires: Have You Treated Your Risks?
The elemental power and intensity of bushfires can wreak widespread destruction beyond our abilities to control them. However, we can make ourselves much safer during the bushfire season, and it’s not just about cleaning the gutters. The resilience of a house or a community revolves around the interaction between the design of the structure itself,Read More
Storms and bushfires expected as heat rises.
The SKY NEWS Weather Severe Weather Outlook 2016/2017 has just been released and Chief Meteorologist Tom Saunders is forecasting another hotter than average severe weather season with an increased risk of severe thunderstorms, rain and cyclones. Severe weather season, which runs from October to April, is the period in which Australia faces its most extremeRead More
Bushfire buffer zones needed in WA
Bushfire buffer zones: A plan to place buffer zones between urban areas and the bush needs to be funded by the state government, according to a volunteer firefighting association. John Iffla, spokesperson for the Emergency Services Volunteer Association said he written an open letter to Premier Mr Barnett asking him to allocate ongoing funding toRead More
Damage from natural disasters expected to double by 2030
The 2009 Black Saturday bushfires in the state of Victoria that broke out on February 7 that year rank among Australia’s worst natural disasters. Some 173 people were killed when 400 fires — fuelled by strong winds and an exceptional heatwave — spread rapidly across large swaths of the state. Seven years on, many communitiesRead More
Summer’s Over But The Bushfire Season Continues
Summer is ending but firefighters are preparing for more months of hot, dry and dangerous weather as advocacy groups warn of fatigue setting in. The Australian Climate and Firefighters Alliance members reported this year’s fires came with hotter conditions, longer stretches of time actively fighting fires and no rest in sight. Spokesman Paul Gray saidRead More
Australians underinsured for natural disasters that cost more than $6b a year
As the bushfire season gets underway in NSW it is paramount that fire hazards are reduced around the home and that people have a survival plan. In an article published today by the Sydney Morning Herald, natural hazards cost Australia more than $6 billion each year, a figure predicted to more than triple in theRead More
How global warming affects disaster potential in Australia
Forecasts that measure the effects of global warming on Australia suggest it will negatively impact the Australian environment, economy and our communities. How vulnerable is Australia? According to a Stern report, Australia is one of the countries’ most vulnerable to climate change over the next 50-100 years. This is partially due to our reliance onRead More