October 2013 NSW Bush Fires – The challenges, experiences and outcomes

Mr Anthony Clark, Group Manager, Corporate Communications, NSW Rural Fire Service will present a Case Study at the 2014 Australian and New Zealand Disaster & Emergency Management Conference: The October 2013 NSW Bush Fires – The challenges, experiences and outcomes.

2013 saw some of the most challenging fire conditions NSW has experienced in more than a decade, proving the first real test of the recent focus of information and warnings.

January 2013 saw widespread Catastrophic bush fire danger ratings and a number of large and destructive fires. Despite some of the worst conditions ever recorded, and the extensive fire activity, not a single life was lost.

Then, in October 2013, more than 200 homes were destroyed in a series of fires across the Blue Mountains, Southern Highlands, Port Stephens and Central Coast.

Throughout these fire events, the NSW Rural Fire Service delivered as many as a million telephone warnings a day, as well as engaging with millions of people through social media.

The information effort saw a strong but measured response from the community. Mr Anthony Clark will outline some of the experiences, highlights and unexpected issues experienced during this time of emergency and disaster at the Australian and New Zealand Disaster & Emergency Management Conference, 5-7 May 2014 at the QT Hotel, Gold Coast.

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