disaster research

New resilience strategy highlights the disasters that could bring Sydney to a shuddering halt

Australia’s largest metropolis has simply been “lucky” to avoid a city stopping disaster, a group of resilience experts have said. But Sydney’s luck could be about to run out, and if the city isn’t felled…

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…

Australian Defence Force to assist Commonwealth Games security operation

The Australian Defence Force (ADF) will assist Gold Coast authorities in ensuring the security of the 2018 Commonwealth Games. The ADF, who are responsible for Australia’s army, navy and air force, will deploy 1,000 personnel…

Be prepared the best motto for cyclone season

Don’t be one of the hundreds of people vying for the last torch at the hardware store when a cyclone heads to Darwin. Save yourself from stress and the possibility of missing out by preparing…

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…

Don’t assume the elderly can’t cope in a disaster

New evidence has emerged showing that older people could cope in a disaster, despite popular views to the contrary. Older people who reside in their own homes may be thought of as vulnerable in emergency…

Rise in natural disasters but decline in deaths, report finds

Despite a rise in the number of natural disasters over the last four and half decades, there has actually been a decline in the number of fatalities. Rise in natural disasters but decline in deaths,…
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