Disaster Preparedness

People may risk living in disaster zone if they think threat is a once-in-a-lifetime event

ABC News Humans may be willing to put daily pleasure ahead of the threat of long-term disaster when selecting where to live, a new international study suggests. Study co-author Professor Ben Newell, of the University…

Why climate change is Australia’s greatest national security issue

The Canberra Times I recently gave my “National Security and Counterterrorism” Masters students a syndicate exercise at the end of their course requiring them to prioritise the most serious threats to Australia’s national security (with…

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…

Queensland’s Emergency Management HQ prepares for summer

ABC News Some of the most intense decision-making in the state takes place in the northern suburb of Kedron, with preparations underway for the upcoming weather season. Emergency Management Queensland headquarters is the base for…

Vodafone displays disaster recovery skills with emergency network demo

Computerworld NZ, 15 September 2015. Vodafone NZ has demonstrated its portfolio of emergency network options for remote, zero-coverage areas, as part of a live civil defence simulation for customers and the emergency services. The solutions…

Report blasts Queensland councils’ disaster warning capabilities

Originally published by the Brisbane Times The disaster preparedness of Queensland councils has been blasted in a damning report that highlighted a lack of collaboration and planning between authorities. A review by the Inspector-General Emergency…

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…

Success for Vic Fire Risk Register

Elizabeth (Liz) Calder and Michaela Boucher from the Risk Intelligence team attended the 2014 Australian and New Zealand Disaster and Emergency Management Conference in May on the Gold Coast. This international event captures the attention…

Toll Remote Logistics

Given the increasing occurrence of natural disasters in the Asia/Pacific, a proactive approach in disaster preparedness and response will provide Governments and the community reassurance knowing that immediate life support services can be supplied in…

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…
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