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10
May

Becoming Fire-Fit: Preparing for the Unexpected and the Unimagined

Greetings! My name is Rachel Westcott. I’m a veterinarian, emergency manager and researcher. I’m delighted to be back at ANZDMC in 2019. I completed my PhD in 2018, as part of the Bushfire & Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre’s Managing Animals in Disasters project. My PhD topic is essentially public-health- meets-natural-hazards, and is about normalising

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25
Mar

Using the SSVI Technique for Disaster and Emergency Preparedness

Natural hazards pose significant threats to Australian communities. Failing to identify and support the most vulnerable communities is a recipe for disaster. In this regard, the concept of social vulnerability has long emerged as a widely recognised way of assessing both the sensitivity of a population to natural hazards and its ability to respond and

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30
Jul

New resilience strategy highlights the disasters that could bring Sydney to a shuddering halt

Australia’s largest metropolis has simply been “lucky” to avoid a city stopping disaster, a group of resilience experts have said. But Sydney’s luck could be about to run out, and if the city isn’t felled by extreme heatwaves and terror attacks, more insidious creeping catastrophes such as housing affordability and chronic illness could do it

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19
Mar

Floods don’t occur randomly, so why do we still plan as if they do?

Most major floods in South East Queensland arrive in five-year bursts, once every 40 years or so, according to our new research. Yet flood estimation, protection and management approaches are still designed on the basis that flood risk stays the same all the time – despite clear evidence that it doesn’t. We analysed historical flooding data from ten

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18
Jan

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 I surveyed 250 residents and 60 business managers in Western Sydney and the NSW North

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18
Jul

Facebook Trials Australian Bush Fire and Disaster Planning Feature

Facebook is trialling a location data-driven feature which it believes will help authorities combat bush fires in Australia, as well as tackling other disasters around the world, and it hopes to have the feature ready to roll out before summer. Speaking to The Australian Financial Review while in the country for the Office of the Australian Information

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29
May

Queensland Builds Resilience to Extreme Weather Events with Largest-Ever Flood Study

The Queensland Government has released what it calls the “most detailed and comprehensive flood study ever undertaken in Australia” in an effort to help the state prepare for future extreme weather events. The Brisbane River Catchment Flood Study will guide local councils towards the crucial first step of developing strategies and flood resilience options, said

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08
May

Ms Judy Slatyer, CEO, Australian Red Cross joins us as a Keynote.

Join us at the 2017 Australian and New Zealand Disaster and Emergency Management Conference (ANZDMC) this month at The Star Gold Coast from 22 – 23 May.  Ms Judy Slatyer, CEO of the Australian Red Cross joins us as a Keynote Speaker at the conference in a few weeks time. Judy joins Red Cross after seven

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05
May

Multi-agency collaboration in the face of major incidents

The 6th Australian and New Zealand Disaster and Emergency Management Conference will be held over the 22 – 23 May at The Star Gold Coast (previously Jupiter’s), Queensland. Mr Nicholas de Rozario, Fire Management Officer at the SA Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources joins us next month at the conference to discuss ‘Multi-agency collaboration in

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04
May

The night the lights went out in South Australia

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 Kevin Rowley, Manager Emergency Response  with the Environment Protection Authority joins us this month on the Gold Coast to discuss ‘The Night the lights went out in South Australia –

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