Preparing people for all the consequences of emergencies

The 6th Australian and New Zealand Disaster and Emergency Management Conference will be held over the 22 – 23 May at The Star Gold Coast, Queensland. Mr John Richardson, National Coordinator-Preparedness with the Australian Red Cross joins us in a few weeks…

Hospitals feel the heat too from extreme weather and its health impacts

As southeastern Australia swelters through another heatwave, how well equipped are our hospitals to cope with severe weather events? Hospitals lie at the heart of our ability to manage the significant potential health impacts of extreme weather events. Many people…

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 beef masala donated to 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 the state’s key emergency workers…

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 Nino in the Pacific. A…