Evaluation of the morbidity and mortality of animals post Canterbury earthquakes – A Pilot study

Disasters such as floods, fires, snow storms, earthquakes and tsunamis have contributed to a significant number of human and animal deaths and injuries in New Zealand in recent years. These events have highlighted the importance of the use of specific disaster…

Designing a decision support system to aid evacuation planning

The horrendous flooding and bushfire events of the last few years have resulted in numerous evacuations, despair, loss of life and risks to first responders in their transition from evacuation to rescue. It is considered that evacuation processes can be…

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…

Longer term individual and community needs after natural disaster: The experience of Central Queensland

Lifeline (as part of UnitingCare Community), along with other government and non-government organisations is a key signatory for the provision of Community Recovery Services following a disaster. Following the 2010-2011 flood disasters in Queensland, Lifeline Queensland, became concerned about the…

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…

Pets and people, preparedness for disasters (P3D)

Another summer of natural disasters unfolds across Australia . The Emergency Services across the Eastern States issue warnings and alerts for bushfires and floods, and advising communities in some areas to evacuate. How prepared are pet owners for managing their pets…

The role of local government in emergency recovery

A case study of the Waimakariri District Council’s post-earthquake Community-based Recovery Framework. The Australian & New Zealand Disaster and Emergency Management Conference 2013 wishes to thank Dr Suzanne Vallance, Senior Lecturer, Lincoln University, Christchurch, New Zealand, who presented at the last conference held…

Resilience to fires and floods: The importance of the response process

Resilience has been identified as an “ordinary magic”, (Masten 2001) but it only occurs in a proportion of the population. Since there is a lack of evidence to suggest it is a uniform phenomenon, the question remains – Can anything…

Christchurch’s CARDBOARD cathedral replaces 132-year-old Gothic building destroyed by 2011 earthquake

Reported by Anna Edwards 14 August 2013 Rising from the rubble: The city’s historic Anglican cathedral has been brought back to life. The £2m project saw a 700 capacity cathedral built using cardboard tubes. More than two years after the…

The Role of NGOs in Building Sustainable Community Resilience

The Australian & New Zealand Disaster and Emergency Management Conference  would like to thank Ms Julie Molloy, Director, Social Engagements, Volunteering Queensland for presenting this paper at the 2013 conference held 28-30 May Mercure Brisbane. Julie discussed the broad role…