How Can GPs Best Prepare For – and Respond to – Disasters?
Australia is a land of fires, floods, cyclones and drought. GPs also remain on the frontlines of a disaster well after the event itself has taken place. ‘After a disaster is when GPs come to the fore, when the community is still recovering but everyone else has left,’ Dr Burns said. Many disasters have aRead More
Dungog Floods: A Case Study Of Spontaneous Coordination and Community Led Recovery
In April 2015 the small rural community of Dungog, in the Hunter Valley region of NSW, experienced a significant flooding event which resulted in the loss of 3 lives and the inundation of over 100 homes. The community responded by establishing a range of support and recovery mechanisms, such a clothing pools, food banks, crisisRead More
Supporting the Social and Emotional Wellbeing and Recovery of Babies, Young Children and Families Impacted by Natural Disasters
Natural disasters such as floods, fires, cyclones, earthquakes, tsunamis and droughts can have a significant short or long term physical and emotional impact on all ages, regardless of whether one is directly or indirectly affected. Babies and young children are particularly vulnerable and can easily become distressed and experience more fear and anxiety than adults.Read More
The Disaster After 9/11: First Responders Share Their Stories
On a hot August day in 2005, I met with Marian Fontana in a little cafe across the road from her firefighter husband Dave’s firehouse in Park Slope, Brooklyn. Marian and Dave should have been celebrating their eighth wedding anniversary on the afternoon of September 11, 2001 – the day of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.Read More
What’s On at the 2018 Australian & New Zealand Disaster and Emergency Management Conference?
Take a look at what’s on at this year’s Australian & New Zealand Disaster and Emergency Management Conference and discover who you can meet, what you can learn, and how you can actively contribute to the future of the disaster and emergency management industry. 2018 Keynote Speakers Featured speakers at the Australian & New Zealand Disaster andRead More
Could You Be A Disaster and Emergency Management Presenter?
Attracting emergency and disaster management practitioners from Australia and New Zealand and further afield, the 2018 Australian & New Zealand Disaster and Emergency Management Conference continues to grow in both size and reputation, and has evolved into the premium event of its type. Abstract submissions are now open, and we’re looking for talented, inspirational and engagingRead More
Wujal Wujal’s New Wifi Brings Vital Communication Link During Wild Weather
In cyclone-prone far north Queensland, a new community-wide wifi network has been installed in the state’s smallest shire in a bid to solve problems during severe storms that often leave the town of Wujal Wujal completely isolated. Wujal Wujal on Cape York Peninsula suffers major challenges during heavy rain, with all roads out of townRead More
Queensland Government Ups Disaster Response Game With Gruntify
Queensland’s disaster response team has been armed with Cloud-based GIS technology and they’re never going back. There are more people than ever before in the path of wild weather, and the Queensland government has taken steps to improve their ability to act quickly. Ditching their old manual methods of reporting, they’ve adopted Gruntify. Gruntify isRead More
Training For a Nightmare: How First Responders Prepare For The Worst
As rescuers scanned for life in sub-zero temperatures after the Thredbo landslide, the dangerously unstable site and freezing conditions stalled search efforts and caused equipment to seize. One of Australia’s most popular holiday spots became the site of one of our greatest tragedies when 18 people died in the landslide in 1997. It marked aRead More
Disaster Scenarios Guidance
It may sound ridiculous, but what if there was an earthquake in the centre of Albany? Or a cruise ship struck a reef off Middleton Beach and left an oil slick streaming into Princess Royal Harbour? These are just some of the hazard scenarios that feature in a recent risk assessment report conducted by theRead More