The Victorian Schools Bushfire Protection Project

The February 2009 bushfires in Victoria were a tragic illustration of the vulnerability and risk Australian urban and rural communities face in the event of an uncontrolled wildfire on a large scale.  Several schools were destroyed or severely damaged as…

Support mental health and wellbeing amongst children after a natural disaster

Disaster recovery programs are typically aimed to address concrete needs of communities in disaster impacted areas. The post-disaster psychological vulnerability of impacted populations, particularly of children and adolescents, is now widely documented. Teachers are ideally placed to administer early intervention strategies…

Effective use of Mobile Apps & Online Space during Disasters

It seems the popularity of smartphones and mobile applications are driving demand for mobile disaster information.  Kim Amos (Chief Executive Officer, Bold Communications) and Mr Rick Hoys (Chief Executive Officer, iApps) recently spoke on this at the recent Australian & New Zealand Disaster and Emergency Management Conference…

Additional disaster assistance for NSW farmers

        Joint Media Release Attorney-General Minister for Emergency Management The Hon Mark Dreyfus QC MP NSW Minister for Police and Emergency Services The Hon Michael Gallacher 24 June 2013 Attorney-General and Minister for Emergency Management Mark Dreyfus…

Experience in Local Community Engagement for Prepardness Planning in Auckland

Community expectations with regard to Civil Defence and Emergency Management (CDEM) have evolved over recent years in New Zealand.  The experience in Auckland and Northland is built on the principles that: Individuals in the community are the first responders. Community organisations…

Floods in Alberta, Canada Cause Power Outages

June 25, 2013 by Linda Hardesty Heavy rains and flooding in Alberta, Canada, swelled the Bow and Elbow rivers, flooding Calgary and cutting power. The outages could cripple businesses in the Canadian oil capital for weeks or even months, reports the…

Current Trends in Emergency Management Education

Recently at the Australian & New Zealand Disaster and Emergency Management Conference  held at the Mercure Hotel, Brisbane from the 28th to the 30th of May 2013, Dr Valerie Ingham (Lecturer in Emergency Management, Charles Sturt University) discussed how over the…