Australia’s ‘Deadliest Natural Hazard’: What’s Your Heatwave Plan?

Heatwaves are Australia’s deadliest natural hazard, but a recent survey has found that many vulnerable people do not have plans to cope with extreme heat. Working with the Bushfire and Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre and the Bureau of Meteorology, my colleagues and…

Ebola guidelines for mass events

Guidelines covering mass gatherings worldwide in the wake of the Ebola virus outbreak have been developed by Flinders University’s World Health Organisation Collaborating Centre for Mass Gatherings and High Consequence Events, located in Adelaide, South Australia. The guidelines are being…

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. So what have we learnt…

The Value of Engineering and Logistics Capabilities Collaborating in Support of Disaster Management

Highly skilled engineers and logisticians provide critical value to disaster recovery programs in Australia. As enabling professions to disaster management engineers and logisticians are often employed across projects, programs and organisations, yet their relationship is rarely examined.  The combination of…

Variability and trends in temperature and precipitation extremes

The severe flooding and bushfires in recent times have been a pertinent reminder of the risks our society faces from extreme weather events. The Bureau of Meteorology provides information about the risks of extreme heat or rainfall occurring, based on historical…

Abstracts Open for 2014 Australian & New Zealand Disaster and Emergency Management Conference

2014 Australian & New Zealand Disaster and Emergency Management Conference being held QT Hotel, Gold Coast 5th-7th May. Abstracts open next week Monday 5th August 2013! Authors or organisations interested in submitting a paper or presenting a workshop are invited to submit…

CSIRO helps Human Services tackle disasters

 itNEWS reported by Paris Cowan on Jul 30, 2013 Emergency management tool ready for action. A five-year partnership between the CSIRO and Department of Human Services (DHS) has produced ERIC, a web-based emergency management tool that will guide the department’s…

Spatial Information for Social Protection and Disaster Management

To assess, monitor and respond to the needs of people affected by both natural disasters and more subtle global and local socio-economic shocks, accurate, up-to-date and fine-grained information about communities and their exposure to hazard is required, particularly given the…