disaster management education

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…

The case for uniform disaster law

The Sydney Morning Herald, 15 September 2015. There were the high heels sent to Samoa after Cyclone Evan in 2012, the shipment of bathtubs clogging up Tonga Customs after Cyclone Ian last year and the…

Disaster & Emergency Management and Search & Rescue Conferences Form Partnership

The Disaster & Emergency Management and Search & Rescue community will come together next week for education, networking and inspiration at the Australian & New Zealand Disaster & Emergency Management and Australian & New Zealand…

Tide Turns on Tsunami Knowledge

A new educational resource on tsunamis, funded by the Attorney-General’s Department, has been released. The Department’s National Emergency Management Projects (NEMP) program funded Surf Life Saving Australia to produce the interactive online resource, Tsunami: The…

US Crisis Expert Communicates with Australia

Communications is frequently the forgotten element in crisis risk management, a US crisis communications expert will tell Australian risk managers in an upcoming tour. Bob Jensen, who has more than 30 years’ experience dealing with…

Maps made from mobile phone records could help plan for the next tsunami or Ebola outbreak

By Andrew J Tatem, University of Southampton There are now more mobile phones in use than there are people in the world to use them – some 7.2 billion phones. Mobile phones are becoming integral…

Safeguarding Children in Emergencies – Current Australian Emergency Management Practice

Current emergency management practice in Australia identifies children as part of vulnerable populations within communities. This is despite increasing evidence in the literature that identifies children as uniquely vulnerable in emergencies and requiring targeted planning…

Reconstructing Queensland – progress, challenges and learnings

Three years on from the devastating flooding and cyclones of 2010-11, the Queensland Reconstruction Authority (QRA) is managing a reconstruction program relating to 34 Queensland natural disaster events, and totalling more than $14 billion. Since…

With more heatwaves to come, how will our cities hold up?

By Jane Mullett, RMIT University and Darryn McEvoy, RMIT University Australia’s south east is currently sweltering under an intense heatwave, one that is likely to become the second longest heatwave on record in the region….

Designing a decision support system to aid evacuation planning

The horrendous flooding and bushfire events of the last few years have resulted in numerous evacuations, despair, loss of life and risks to first responders in their transition from evacuation to rescue. It is considered…
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