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Australian Journal of Emergency Management     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 5)
Australian Journal on Volunteering     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
Bandung : Journal of the Global South     Open Access  
BARATARIA. Revista Castellano-Manchega de Ciencias sociales     Open Access  
Basic and Applied Social Psychology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 32)
Basic Income Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 9)
Bayero Journal of Pure and Applied Sciences     Open Access  
Berkeley Undergraduate Journal     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
Big Data & Society     Open Access   (Followers: 28)
Bildhaan : An International Journal of Somali Studies     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
BMC Medical Ethics     Open Access   (Followers: 15)
Bodhi : An Interdisciplinary Journal     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
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Brain and Cognition     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 30)
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Civilizar Ciencias Sociales y Humanas     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
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Cogent Social Sciences     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
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Compendium     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Comprehensive Therapy     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3)
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Confluenze Rivista di Studi Iberoamericani     Open Access  
Contemporary Journal of African Studies     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 4)
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Critical Studies     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 7)
Critical Studies on Terrorism     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 27)
Crossing the Border : International Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
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Cultural Studies Review     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 14)
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Developing Practice : The Child, Youth and Family Work Journal     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 19)
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Dynamics of Asymmetric Conflict: Pathways toward terrorism and genocide     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 12)
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Eastern Africa Social Science Research Review     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 5)
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Education, Business and Society : Contemporary Middle Eastern Issues     Hybrid Journal  
Égypte - Monde arabe     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
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Enseñanza de las Ciencias Sociales     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
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Ethiopian Journal of the Social Sciences and Humanities     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 6)
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European View     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
European Yearbook of Minority Issues Online     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
Exchanges : the Warwick Research Journal     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
ExT : Revista de Extensión de la UNC     Open Access  
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Family Matters     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 13)
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Family Relations     Partially Free   (Followers: 11)
Family Science     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3)

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Journal Cover Australian Journal of Emergency Management
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  • Volume 32 Issue 2 - Cyclone Pam in Vanuatu: Learning from the low death
    • Abstract: Handmer, John; Iveson, Hannah
      Cyclone Pam was one of the strongest cyclones to hit the south-west Pacific. In 2015 it struck some of the most populated parts of Vanuatu, resulting in extensive damage. Remarkably, only 11 deaths related to the cyclone were recorded. There has been some media attention to this good news and the logical questions are: why was the death toll low, and are there lessons for other countries? This paper examines the cyclone effects and explores possible reasons for the relatively low loss of life. Considerations include effective warnings and the high degree of self-reliance within communities, as well as aspects of the cyclone, in particular, the absence of a storm surge and major flooding in the area.

      PubDate: Fri, 19 May 2017 19:42:07 GMT
  • Volume 32 Issue 2 - Emergency preparedness through community sector
           engagement in the blue mountains
    • Abstract: Redshaw, Sarah; Ingham, Valerie; Hicks, John; Millynn, Jacquie
      There is an expectation that communities exposed to potential disaster events will make preparations for themselves (COAG 2011). However, communities are frequently underprepared for the onset and results of disaster and a default response is to rely on emergency services organisations. This reliance is exacerbated by the presence within communities of highly vulnerable individuals who, because of age, infirmity or isolation, require additional levels of assistance by responders. Partnerships between community organisations and emergency services organisations can build preparedness by using programs that increase emergency response awareness. This paper provides a study of two partnership programs established by the community and emergency services sectors in the Blue Mountains, New South Wales. These programs successfully raised the level of emergency preparedness and community resilience to disasters.

      PubDate: Fri, 19 May 2017 19:42:07 GMT
  • Volume 32 Issue 2 - A community-based disaster coordination framework for
           effective disaster preparedness and response
    • Abstract: Hashemipour, Mehdi; Stuban, Steven MF; Dever, Jason R
      A primary challenge during disaster response is allocating the right task forces to the right locations at the right time. The disaster field is a dynamic environment, and, ideally, search and rescue tasks should be completed as soon as possible. The disaster response team should take advantage of local volunteers who are willing to part in the disaster response.

      Most preparedness systems for disaster response and coordination are oriented toward a large-scale view of disaster events. Natural and man-made events have increased in number and severity and adding new tools, technologies and simulation models to existing national preparedness systems improves resource coordination at the community level. These methods help emergency managers effectively coordinate available community resources with the objective of minimising the number of casualties and reducing the operation-response completion time.

      This research describes a framework, the Disaster Multi-Agent Coordination Simulation System, which is a decision-support system. The system helps response managers in a community-based response operation who want to test and evaluate all possible team design configurations and select the highest-performing team in the pre-phase of disaster response.

      PubDate: Fri, 19 May 2017 19:42:07 GMT
  • Volume 32 Issue 2 - Microtasking: Redefining crowdsourcing practices in
           emergency management
    • Abstract: Poblet, Marta; Fitzpatrick, Mari; Chhetri, Prem
      This paper examines the roles, types and forms of virtual microtasking for emergency information management in order to better understand collective intelligence mechanisms and the potential for logistics response. Using three case studies this paper reviews the emerging body of knowledge in microtasking practices in emergency management to demonstrate how crowd-sourced information is captured and processed during emergency events to provide critical intelligence throughout the emergency cycle. It also considers the impact of virtual information collection, collation and management on traditional humanitarian operations and relief efforts.

      Based on the case studies the emergent forms of microtasking for emergency information management were identified. Opportunities for continuities, adaptations and innovations are explained. The contribution of virtual microtasking extends to all supply chain strategic domains to help maximise resource use and optimise service delivery response.

      PubDate: Fri, 19 May 2017 19:42:07 GMT
  • Volume 32 Issue 2 - Youth justice conferencing for youth misuse of fire: A
           child-centred disaster risk reduction mechanism
    • Abstract: Pooley, Kamarah
      Youth misuse of fire is a multifaceted, complex, and dangerous phenomenon. In response to this problem, Fire and Rescue NSW and Juvenile Justice NSW established a memorandum of understanding to facilitate firefighter involvement in the provision of fire safety education during Youth Justice Conferencing for young people who commit fire-related offences. Despite being used for over a decade, conferencing for youth misuse of fire is yet to attract theoretical analysis or empirical investigation. To partially fill this void, a theoretical analysis of Youth Justice Conferencing for youth misuse of fire was conducted. Comparative analysis revealed that child-centred disaster risk reduction offers a scaffold to explain and justify the mechanisms operating in Youth Justice Conferencing for youth misuse of fire. This theoretical alignment has implications for both Youth Justice Conferencing and child- centred disaster risk reduction.

      PubDate: Fri, 19 May 2017 19:42:07 GMT
  • Volume 32 Issue 2 - Incident management in Australasia: Lessons learnt
           from emergency responses [Book Review]
    • Abstract: Ingham, Valerie
      Review(s) of: Incident management in Australasia: Lessons learnt from emergency responses, Edited by Stuart Ellis and Kent MacCarter, CSIRO Publishing, Clayton, Victoria, 9781486306176.

      PubDate: Fri, 19 May 2017 19:42:07 GMT
  • Volume 32 Issue 2 - Community participation n emergency pIanning: NSW
           state emergency service case study
    • Abstract: Webber, David; Gissing, Andrew; Dufty, Neil; Bird, Deanne
      There is growing recognition within the Australian emergency management sector of the need to engage communities core partners, where they are considered equals in risk-related decision-making processes that affect them (Attorney-General's Department 2013). There is, however, little guidance available to practitioners about how best to involve communities in risk reduction processes and little evidence on which to build approaches. To address these gaps, the New South Wales State Emergency Service (NSW SES) instigated a pilot program to investigate and evaluate methods to involve communities in flood emergency planning within three NSW communities. This paper outlines the pilot process, the design of programs and evaluation results.

      PubDate: Fri, 19 May 2017 19:42:07 GMT
  • Volume 32 Issue 2 - Reflections on Tasmania's black Tuesday 1967
    • Abstract: Bhagani, Hansika
      ResilienceThe worst bushfires in Tasmania's history, the Black Tuesday bushfires of southern Tasmania, involved 110 separate fire fronts that tore through 2640 square kilometres of land across the region. Many small towns were burned to the ground. The fires claimed 62 lives in a single day with 900 injured and thousands of people left homeless. In terms of loss of property and loss of life, Black Tuesday is considered to be one of Australia's worst disasters.

      PubDate: Fri, 19 May 2017 19:42:07 GMT
  • Volume 32 Issue 2 - Queensland IGEM: Results achieved so far
    • Abstract: Mackenzie, Iain
      The vision for the Queensland Office of the Inspector-General Emergency Management (IGEM) is to be a catalyst for excellence in emergency management. Central to achieving this is a genuine need for commitment to authentic and thorough engagement - from the ground up. This is essential for real change and enhanced confidence in Queensland's disaster management arrangements.

      PubDate: Fri, 19 May 2017 19:42:07 GMT
  • Volume 32 Issue 2 - The Australian natural disaster resilience index
    • Abstract: Parsons, Melissa; Morley, Philip
      Society has always been susceptible to natural hazards. While the occurrence of these events generally cannot be prevented, the risks can often be minimised and the impacts on people and property reduced.

      PubDate: Fri, 19 May 2017 19:42:07 GMT
  • Volume 32 Issue 2 - Enhancing emergency warnings
    • Abstract: Maddock, Nathan
      With the multitude of warnings issued when an emergency hits, how can emergency services ensure their critical safety advice is received and acted upon, rather than dismissed as noise? Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC research undertaken through the Queensland University of Technology is helping emergency services warn communities when danger strikes.

      PubDate: Fri, 19 May 2017 19:42:07 GMT
  • Volume 32 Issue 2 - 50 years of firebombing operations
    • Abstract: Kightly, James
      On 6 February 2017, a small ceremony at Benambra in Victoria marked the 50th anniversary of the first organised operational firebombing flights in Australia. Back in 1967, two Piper Pawnees airplanes contracted from Alpine Aviation made the first operational drops of fire retardant on a small fire caused by lightning-strike in north-eastern Victoria. It was what has become a classic application of firebombing.

      PubDate: Fri, 19 May 2017 19:42:07 GMT
  • Volume 32 Issue 2 - Foreword
    • Abstract: Handmer, John
      PubDate: Fri, 19 May 2017 19:42:07 GMT
  • Volume 32 Issue 2 - Research helps fire protection in Bangladesh
    • Abstract: Bruce, Dylan
      BruceResearch into how Australian children are involved in bushfire preparations around the home is being applied to disaster preparedness in slum communities of Bangladesh.

      PubDate: Fri, 19 May 2017 19:42:07 GMT
  • Volume 32 Issue 2 - Enriching leadership of volunteers in the emergency
    • Abstract: Jones, Michael; Berry, Yoke
      While some of us spend lazy hot summer days in the pool, thousands of volunteer firefighters and support crews battle fires and floods across the country. And it's not just in summer. Emergency services volunteers are there for us rain, hail or shine; 365 days a year.

      PubDate: Fri, 19 May 2017 19:42:07 GMT
  • Volume 32 Issue 2 - Building skills for psychological recovery after
    • Abstract: Bhagani, Hansika
      ResilienceIn the aftermath of a disaster up to 20 per cent of people affected can suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). While response times vary across countries and across disasters, the Psychological First Aid (PFA) model is well-known and well-used in emergencies. The need for mental health treatment for those who continue to suffer beyond the immediate aftermath of a disaster is also well recognised.

      PubDate: Fri, 19 May 2017 19:42:07 GMT
  • Volume 32 Issue 2 - Virtual reality for a new climate: Red Cross
           innovations in risk management
    • Abstract: Suarez, Pablo
      How can we help people and organisations experience the humanitarian consequences of climate change and extreme events? The Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre has worked with partners to explore virtual reality (VR) to blend playful interactivity with innovative approaches to data visualisation for risk management.

      PubDate: Fri, 19 May 2017 19:42:07 GMT
  • Volume 32 Issue 2 - Victoria's Survive and Thrive program
    • Abstract: Hayward, Jane
      In the eight years since the Black Saturday bushfires devastated our community, my staff and I have faced many challenges in our small school. Many of these were what we'd have expected to deal with post-disaster, but many were beyond what we'd ever considered. We managed all that came with being displaced and operating from our temporary setting, while dealing with the challenge of rebuilding our school.

      PubDate: Fri, 19 May 2017 19:42:07 GMT
  • Volume 32 Issue 2 - Educate the child, educate the community
    • Abstract: Maddock, Nathan
      Primary schools students across NSW are now front and centre in state-wide bushfire plans, based on research that identified the importance of involving children in active bushfire preparations for the benefit of the whole community.

      PubDate: Fri, 19 May 2017 19:42:07 GMT
  • Volume 32 Issue 1 - Foreword
    • Abstract: Bates, John
      PubDate: Fri, 17 Feb 2017 23:38:41 GMT
  • Volume 32 Issue 1 - Live to Tell: Surviving a natural disaster
    • Abstract: Jones, Freya
      What does it mean to survive a natural disaster? To mark International Day for Disaster Reduction on 13 October, the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC hosted a public event to garner perspectives on disaster risk reduction.

      PubDate: Fri, 17 Feb 2017 23:38:41 GMT
  • Volume 32 Issue 1 - Legislative requirements and emergency management
           practitioner expectations of preparedness in New Zealand schools
    • Abstract: Tipler, Karlene; Tarrant, Ruth; Tuffin, Keith; Johnston, David
      School safety is a priority within international disaster risk reduction efforts. Providing a safe learning environment and continued access to education after an emergency can limit impacts on students, their families and the community. This study explores New Zealand legislative requirements and emergency management practitioners' expectations of school-based emergency management efforts to identify what preparedness activities schools are expected to undertake to ensure the physical and emotional safety of their students in emergencies. The study combines a review of New Zealand legislation, policy, guidelines and resources related to school safety and emergency management with interview data from three emergency management practitioners. The key finding was that legislation was mostly generic for New Zealand workplaces. It was broad and, at times ambiguous, and schools are not provided with clear disaster risk reduction guidance. The establishment of clear emergency preparedness benchmarks for schools would help address deficiencies and ambiguities identified within the existing legislation. In addition, the development of standard operating procedures for core emergency response actions, such as lockdowns, evacuations and family reunification could provide a consistent approach to school-based preparedness efforts, thereby ensuring student safety.

      PubDate: Fri, 17 Feb 2017 23:38:41 GMT
  • Volume 32 Issue 1 - The significance of communication in emergency
           management: What's changed since 2010?
    • Abstract: Ryan, Barbara
      In 2010, Ryan and Matheson (2010) compiled evidence to quantify the importance of communication activities to emergency management. The study involved a comprehensive content analysis of emergency incident and emergency exercise debriefing sessions and reports spanning 2003 to 2008. Six years on, this 2015 study replicates that work to determine the current significance of communication in emergency management. It also identifies trends in issues that occur during emergency events. This study considers recommendations and findings from 22 reviews of recent disaster events and training exercises from around Australia. Using content analysis, 20.4 per cent of the findings relate to issues with communicating with communities. This represents an increase of 1.3 per cent on the 2010 study. Resourcing, skills in social media, and community consultation and engagement feature in the study results.

      PubDate: Fri, 17 Feb 2017 23:38:41 GMT
  • Volume 32 Issue 1 - National gender and emergency management guidelines
    • Abstract: Parkinson, Debra; Duncan, Alyssa; Joyce, Kiri
      Men and women experience emergencies differently and the effects of disaster events on them are different. Issues related to gender are known to compound the already damaging effects of disasters. Emergency plans in Australian states and territories rarely reflect these differential impacts and emergency planning does not yet take a gendered approach. The Attorney-General's Department recognised this critical gap and funded a project to develop national guidelines for gender and emergency management.

      PubDate: Fri, 17 Feb 2017 23:38:41 GMT
  • Volume 32 Issue 1 - Capability enhancement through disaster management
           training: The Queensland experience
    • Abstract: Zsombok, Jane
      Disaster management education and training is an essential component of capability enhancement. It is one of the activities undertaken to maintain and enhance Queensland disaster management arrangements. The Queensland Disaster Management Act 2003 provides the legislative requirement for those involved in disaster operations to be appropriately trained. To support these requirements, training for Queensland disaster management stakeholders is undertaken in accordance with the Queensland Disaster Management Training Framework.

      PubDate: Fri, 17 Feb 2017 23:38:41 GMT
  • Volume 32 Issue 1 - Hunter and Central Coast community disaster resilience
           forums - June 2016
    • Abstract: Dufty, Neil
      Emergency events in the Hunter and Central Coast regions of NSW over 2015-2016 showed there was an immediate need to improve how communities plan for and recover from such events. Community service organisations, businesses and primary producers needed to fully understand the roles of emergency services and plan ahead to maintain continuity during disasters.

      PubDate: Fri, 17 Feb 2017 23:38:41 GMT
  • Volume 32 Issue 1 - Science shows climate change impact in the Pacific
    • Abstract: Kelman, Ilan
      We often read in the media, and sometimes in scientific journals that Pacific islands are sinking and disappearing due to climate change; an immense threat to our security. Concerns and fear about 'climate change refugees' overwhelm us, as do visions of communities slipping below the waves. However, science provides a different picture and tackles the mantra of drowning islands from both physical science and social science perspectives.

      PubDate: Fri, 17 Feb 2017 23:38:41 GMT
  • Volume 32 Issue 1 - Resilient Australia awards 2016
    • Abstract: Bhagani, Hansika
      PubDate: Fri, 17 Feb 2017 23:38:41 GMT
  • Volume 32 Issue 1 - Tools for monitoring teams in emergency management:
           EMBAM and TBM
    • Abstract: Bearman, Chris; Rainbird, Sophia; Brooks, Benjamin; Owen, Christine; Curnin, Steve
      Effective teamwork is an important component of emergency management. However, from time-to-time teamwork may break down, particularly in a complex system like emergency management. It is important that people who have operational oversight of teams are able to detect if a team has a problem and can help the team modify its functioning. A literature review identified methods of monitoring teams from the position of operational oversight. Based on this review two methods of team monitoring were chosen for further evaluation. A preliminary evaluation study of each tool during a simulated emergency exercise suggests they both have potential. This is the first stage of an ongoing research program where team monitoring tools will be further developed using iterative design cycles of development and evaluation. In this way methods of monitoring teams from the position of operational oversight that are effective in an emergency management context can be developed.

      PubDate: Fri, 17 Feb 2017 23:38:41 GMT
  • Volume 32 Issue 1 - Community understanding of tsunami risk and warnings
           in Australia
    • Abstract: Paton, Douglas; Johnston, David; Rossiter, Katelyn; Buergelt, Petra; Richards, Andrew; Anderson, Sarah
      The development of the Australian Tsunami Warning System (ATWS) was in recognition of the fact that the Australian coastline faces some 8000 km of active tectonic plate boundary capable of generating a tsunami that could reach Australia in two to four hours. The work reported in this paper complements an earlier questionnaire study (Paton, Frandsen & Johnston 2010) with detailed interview data to inform understanding of respondents' awareness of tsunami risk and their willingness (or lack of) to respond to a rare but possible natural hazard. A belief that no tsunami events had occurred in Australia (at least since colonial times) and that major causes (e.g. seismic and volcanic) were absent, supported the view of participants that tsunami is a non-existent or a very low-probability hazard for Australia. This view was reinforced by the lack of discussion of tsunami by government or in the media. The ensuing sense of 'risk rejection' resulted in respondents believing that no resources or effort should be directed to tsunami risk reduction. The data raises the possibility that the ATWS may not be fully effective unless action is taken to increase tsunami risk acceptance and readiness. Recommendations for doing so draw on participant discussions of how to localise risk reduction activities. Their suggestions for increasing tsunami readiness in coastal communities included integrating it with community-based, localised discussions around frequent flash floods, coastal storms, bushfires and climate change hazards. These concepts are discussed, as well as the use of local volunteer resources to develop preparedness activities.

      PubDate: Fri, 17 Feb 2017 23:38:41 GMT
  • Volume 32 Issue 1 - Heatwaves in Queensland
    • Abstract: Nairn, John; Fawcett, Robert
      The Bureau of Meteorology has used the excess heat factor (EHF) metric of heatwave intensity over three warm seasons (November to March in years 2013-16) for the preparation of its heatwave severity forecasts. The EHF is a relatively recent metric, derived from two excess heat indices (EHIs). The first EHI (significance) characterises whether the three-day period under consideration is hot with respect to the historical record. The second EHI (acclimatisation) characterises whether the three-day period is warm with respect to the immediate past, specifically the preceding 30 days. Both aspects contribute to heat-health impacts on the population.

      This paper describes the performance of the Bureau of Meteorology's heatwave forecasting service. A heatwave climatology for Queensland in terms of the EHF is presented across a 1958-2011 year-base period that was used in the construction of the EHF dataset. This climatology is compared with a recent period, 1986-2015, revealing higher rates of heatwave occurrence and severity in the later period.

      This shift in heatwave climatology correlates with an increase in demand for heatwave services over the last decade. This has culminated in the release of the Heatwave Response Plan by Queensland Health that uses the Bureau of Meteorology Heatwave Service.

      PubDate: Fri, 17 Feb 2017 23:38:41 GMT
  • Volume 32 Issue 1 - The Australian disaster resilience knowledge hub
    • PubDate: Fri, 17 Feb 2017 23:38:41 GMT
  • Volume 32 Issue 1 - Activities in defendable space areas: Reflections on
           the Wye River-Separation Creek fire
    • Abstract: Kornakova, Maria; March, Alan
      In December 2015 bushfires devastated the coastal Victorian towns of Wye River and Separation Creek, challenging the provision of effective defendable space. This paper uses observations from two cases to describe and comment on the activities that can occur within defendable space areas established for bushfire risk reduction. It focuses on the activities taking place immediately before, during and after bushfire events. The paper commences with a general description of defendable space, its objectives, its terminology in the Australian context, and the mechanisms of its regulation. Examples from the Wye River and Separation Creek 2015 Christmas Day fire events are used to raise design-related challenges associated with effective defendable space provision. The paper particularly focuses on challenges in difficult or unusual contexts, such as settlements with unusual pre-existing lot and road patterns or steep slopes. It is argued that a clearer understanding of these challenges and activities will allow for effective and responsive design of defendable space by urban designers, urban planners, architects and landscape architects.

      PubDate: Fri, 17 Feb 2017 23:38:41 GMT
  • Volume 31 Issue 4 - Disasters and social resilience: A bioecological
           approach [Book Review]
    • Abstract: Tarrent, Michael
      Review(s) of: Disasters and social resilience: A bioecological approach, Published by Routledge Taylor and Francis Group Ltd 2016, ISBN 978-1-138-93312-5.

      PubDate: Mon, 19 Dec 2016 23:13:35 GMT
  • Volume 31 Issue 4 - Foreword
    • Abstract: Rumsewicz, Michael
      PubDate: Mon, 19 Dec 2016 23:13:35 GMT
  • Volume 31 Issue 4 - EMPA: Disaster communications conference, New Zealand
    • Abstract: Riggs, Rebecca
      The Emergency Media and Public Affairs (EMPA) 2016 New Zealand conference was held in Auckland 15-17 August and brought together emergency managers, researchers, editors and journalists and a wide range of communication practitioners including public information managers and social media, engagement and recovery communication specialists.

      PubDate: Mon, 19 Dec 2016 23:13:35 GMT
  • Volume 31 Issue 4 - AIDR adds to disaster resilience body of knowledge
    • Abstract: Lamont, Amanda
      The importance of working together, sharing collective knowledge and expertise and building capability in communities and emergency management agencies is central to building the nation's resilience. As disasters increase in occurrence and complexity in Australia and overseas the imperative to work together is more important than ever.

      PubDate: Mon, 19 Dec 2016 23:13:35 GMT
  • Volume 31 Issue 4 - Teaching resilience
    • Abstract: Bhagani, Hansika
      In 2016, Tasmania experienced both bushfire and flood. According to the Tasmanian State Natural Disaster Risk Assessment, Tasmania is also not immune to severe storms, earthquakes and landslides.

      PubDate: Mon, 19 Dec 2016 23:13:35 GMT
  • Volume 31 Issue 4 - Churchill Fellowship: Media images and imitative
           behaviour in disasters
    • Abstract: Campbell, Philip
      In 2015, a Churchill Fellowship was undertaken to investigate the media's use of images of people undertaking risky actions during natural disaster events. The research considered if people were repeatedly exposed to such images were they likely, when in a similar position, to copy the action and act in an unsafe fashion rather than follow safety advice.

      PubDate: Mon, 19 Dec 2016 23:13:35 GMT
  • Volume 31 Issue 4 - Reducing future risk starts now: Integrated planning
           could hold the key to Australia's mitigation of disasters
    • Abstract: Maddock, Nathan
      With the cost of natural hazards forecast to rise dramatically over the next 30years, mitigation of these hazards has never been more important, especially once the fact that every dollar spent on mitigation can save four dollars in recovery costs is factored in. In an effort to counter this, Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC research is providing quantifiable evidence that will support mitigation options for a range of natural hazards, reducing the amount of money that government spends on emergency response and recovery.

      PubDate: Mon, 19 Dec 2016 23:13:35 GMT
  • Volume 31 Issue 4 - Disaster risk management should be an integral part of
           economic planning
    • Abstract: Glasser, Robert
      Research carried out on behalf of the Australian Business Roundtable for Disaster Resilience earlier this year showed that over $450 million was spent annually by the Australian government on restoring essential public infrastructure following extreme weather events between 2002 and 2011. In other words, that is around 1.6 per cent of total spending on public infrastructure.

      PubDate: Mon, 19 Dec 2016 23:13:35 GMT
  • Volume 31 Issue 4 - Owning the future: Risk ownership and strategic
           decision-making for natural hazards
    • Abstract: Young, Celeste; Jones, Roger N
      Four workshops held in 2O5 investigated values, risk and consequences, actions and ownership for strategic risk management linked to prevention, preparedness and recovery. Building on a foundation of values at risk - social, economic, environment and built infrastructure - ownership of these values was linked to ownership in designated areas of strategic risk management. For values at risk, patterns of ownership at the institutional scale showed relatively even balance, but when risks, consequences and actions were surveyed, they became skewed towards two areas of government: state and local. Further work is needed to determine how these patterns of ownership can be more evenly distributed to achieve more sustainable outcomes.

      PubDate: Mon, 19 Dec 2016 23:13:35 GMT
  • Volume 31 Issue 4 - Emergency management liaison officer training
    • Abstract: Carlton, Ian
      Since 2013, the Barwon South West Regional Emergency Management Training and Exercising Committee have been conducting a one-day Emergency Management Liaison Officer Training (EMLO training) for agency staff and volunteers. To date, over 165 personnel from 30 different emergency management agencies have undertaken this vital training.

      PubDate: Mon, 19 Dec 2016 23:13:35 GMT
  • Volume 31 Issue 4 - AUSVETPLAN turns 25
    • Abstract: Geraghty-Dusan, Francette
      'World-class' and 'indispensable' were just some of the descriptions of the Australian Veterinary Emergency Plan (AUSVETPLAN) provided by past and present contributors at AUSVETPLAN's 25th birthday celebration in August2016.

      PubDate: Mon, 19 Dec 2016 23:13:35 GMT
  • Volume 31 Issue 4 - The Excess Heat Factor as a metric for heat-related
           fatalitis: Defining heatwave risk categories
    • Abstract: Loridan, Thomas; Coates, Lucinda; Argueso, Daniel; Perkins-Kirkpatrick, Sarah E; McAneney, John
      Heatwaves represent Australia's most significant natural disaster in terms of mortality. A unanimous definition of what constitutes a heatwave does not currently exist. However, recent work from the Bureau of Meteorology (Nairn and Fawcett 2013) has provided a metric designed to summarise their intensity. This metric, called the Excess Heat Factor, is being increasingly adopted b the research community as it is well-suited to characterise heatwave hazards. Yet the link between the Excess Heat Factor and the potential societal or economic impacts heatwaves can have is still not well understood. Using the PeriIAUS archive of heat-related fatalities in Australia, this paper proposes to develop a classification of heatwave events in terms of their risk potential for human loss of life. This paper also quantifies the likely death toll from populations exposed to each of these categories. The category scheme is used to analyse the risk gradient of the three most lethal events in south-east Australia since 1900. The scheme helps communicate about heatwave fatality risk in Australia and provides some insight into the location of the populations under greatest threat. This study also catalogued 466 events in south-east Australia using the Excess Heat Factor and the newly developed heatwave categories. Using principal component analysis to identify the key modes of variability, a synthetic catastrophic heatwave scenario is generated and analysed for projected fatalities.

      PubDate: Mon, 19 Dec 2016 23:13:35 GMT
  • Volume 31 Issue 4 - Building community cyclone resilience: Through
           academic and insurance industry partnership
    • Abstract: Harwood, Jon; Smith, Daniel J; Henderson, David
      This paper presents research from collaboration between the Cyclone Testing Station (CTS) at James Cook University and insurer Suncorp over the last two years. A key outcome of this work has been an insurance premium reduction program by Suncorp known as the 'Cyclone Resilience Benefit'. Background research conducted for the program b the CTS is discussed and its details are briefly reviewed. Insights from the program delivery to over 14 000 homeowners to date are discussed. Although still in preliminary stages, the development of this industry program based on academic research demonstrates the benefits of strategic partnerships in the field of natural disaster risk mitigation.

      PubDate: Mon, 19 Dec 2016 23:13:35 GMT
  • Volume 31 Issue 4 - An assessment of the opportunities to improve
           strategic decision-making in emergency and disaster management
    • Abstract: Brooks, Benjamin; Curnin, Steve; Bearman, Chris; Owen, Christine; Rainbird, Sophia
      The management of major emergencies is strongly influenced b the decisions made during the event. Decisions guide the distribution and subsequent deployment of assets, the removal of people from harm's way, how objectives are established and a myriad of other actions. Decision-making is therefore an important skill for emergency managers that permeates every emergency event and every level of disaster management. The vast majority of decisions made during an incident are effective enough in both process and outcome, but the drive for continual improvement and the need to manage more extreme events requires decision-making to become sophisticated and to achieve even higher levels of reliability.

      So how well are emergency management organisations integrating acknowledged developments in the understanding of decision-making? Where are the opportunities for continual improvement? What are some of the challenges that the expert decision-maker is required to balance across an event?

      This paper examines key concepts that have progressed the understanding of decision-making. A review of preliminary interactions with end-users of the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC (CRC) research project 'Practical decision tools for improved decision-making in complex situations' considers how Australian and New Zealand are using this knowledge to make decisions. Opportunities for improvement and the approaches being taken to evaluate cognitive decision tools for end-users are identified.

      PubDate: Mon, 19 Dec 2016 23:13:35 GMT
  • Volume 31 Issue 4 - Evaluating resilience in two remote indigenous
           Australian communities
    • Abstract: Morley, Philip; Russell-Smith, Jeremy; Sangha, Kamaljit K; Sithole, Bev; Sutton, Stephen
      While the occurrence of extreme events generally cannot be prevented, their negative effects can be lessened b reducing risks and improving the capacity of people and communities to deal with them. Improving community resilience helps reduce the effects of natural hazards and is increasingly becoming a goal of communities, organisations and governments.

      To meaningfully determine, coordinate, plan and priorities the most effective measures to improve resilience, a baseline assessment of a community's strengths and weaknesses is required. This paper quantitatively assesses the status of community resilience in two remote indigenous communities, Ngukurr and Gunbalanya in the Northern Territory. A quantitative assessment is used to explore community perceptions of disaster resilience within the study areas as well as the methods of assessment and appropriateness of the assessment methodology.

      PubDate: Mon, 19 Dec 2016 23:13:35 GMT
  • Volume 31 Issue 4 - Helping fire-impacted families in rebuilding: Toward
           enhanced community resilience outcomes
    • Abstract: Prelgauskas, Emilis
      The recovery phase following an emergency event develops capacity for post-traumatic growth in affected communities. This endeavour to build and embed resilience among communities gives impetus to successfully negotiate current and future natural hazard events. An important component in this process is providing effective external support, which assists the physical rebuilding of assets and underpins emotional wellbeing. This paper describes current in-field experience where independent building professionals have contributed to the recovery phase of recent South Australian emergency events: the Sampson Flat bushfires in January 2015 and the Pinery crop fires in November2015. Much has been learned about the needs of people experiencing such events with respect to their re-establishing of homes and built environment and navigating building regulations, planning applications and approvals.

      PubDate: Mon, 19 Dec 2016 23:13:35 GMT
  • Volume 31 Issue 4 - Can agencies promote bushfire resilience using:
           Art-based community engagement?
    • Abstract: Phillips, Richard; Cook, Angela; Schauble, Holly; Walker, Matthew
      Emergency management agencies are confronted with problems when communicating preparedness information to communities. Levels of community preparedness remain low despite the availability of education materials and bushfire safety programs. To address these challenges innovative approaches to engage communities are needed. This paper presents evidence from an arts-based community engagement initiative that promoted disaster resilience in a regional Victorian town. This approach allowed staff of the Country Fire Authority (CFA) to initiate conversations with local community members about bushfire safety. Some challenges identified with this approach related to CFA staff skill levels, appropriate organisational support, and response capacities of the local volunteer brigade. The question this paper raises is whether agencies can engage communities effectively using innovative activities.

      PubDate: Mon, 19 Dec 2016 23:13:35 GMT
  • Volume 31 Issue 4 - Can place attachment mediate perceptions bushfire
           risk?: A case study of the Blue Mountains, NSW
    • Abstract: Ratnam, Charishma; Drozdzewski, Danielle; Chapple, Rosalie
      Place attachment is conceptualised as the bonding people to a place that influences their perceptions of those places. This research focused on verbal and visual experiences of residents homes and surrounds to explore whether place attachment in a bushfire-prone community mediated perceptions of risk. The analysis draws from qualitative data that used a visual and mobile method called 'Photovoice', coupled with in-depth interviews, to investigate the relationship between place attachment and perceptions of bushfire risk in hazard-prone settings. Located in the Blue Mountains, west of Sydney, New South Wales, this research established that place attachment, as mediated b longevity in place and familiarity to place, provided the context for certain perceptions and experiences of bushfire risk. The information garnered from this research can be important for more effective bushfire risk communications that are targeted and tailored to account for residents' attachments to home.

      PubDate: Mon, 19 Dec 2016 23:13:35 GMT
  • Volume 31 Issue 2 - Foreword
    • Abstract: Rumsewicz, Michael
      PubDate: Tue, 20 Sep 2016 20:14:08 GMT
  • Volume 31 Issue 2 - Perceptions of risk and connection to landscape
    • Abstract: Leahy, Brenda
      Tonimbuk, population 317, is about 90km east of Melbourne beside the Bunyip State Forest. It is one of Victoria's many pretty and, sometimes, dangerous places. In summer, when heat, wind and fuel conditions converge into severe fire weather, the natural beauty of the densely-forested landscape turns Tonimbuk into a place of high bushfire risk.

      PubDate: Tue, 20 Sep 2016 20:14:08 GMT
  • Volume 31 Issue 2 - Science in Motion: Integrating scientific knowledge
           into bushfire risk mitigation in southwest Victoria
    • Abstract: Neale, Timothy; Weir, Jessica K; Dovers, Stephen
      Scientific knowledge and scientific uncertainties play a significant role in the mitigation of natural hazard risk. As such, the natural hazards sector is often represented as 'science-led' or 'research-led'. However, in actuality, relationships between scientific research, policy and practice are neither simple nor linear, and there are presently few studies that focus on the layers of practitioners who find themselves mediating these relationships. In order to provide insight into the integration of scientific knowledge, this paper considers the findings of a case study of bushfire practitioners in the Barwon-Otway area of southwest Victoria. This region has recently been the site of multi-agency efforts to reduce the residual bushfire risk using the PHOENIX RapidFire bushfire simulator. The paper concludes by posing several questions relevant to this and other risk mitigation contexts.

      PubDate: Tue, 20 Sep 2016 20:14:08 GMT
  • Volume 31 Issue 2 - Knowing fire: Exploring the scope and management of
           the tacit fire knowledge of agency staff
    • Abstract: English, Anthony
      Tacit knowledge is knowledge that is not easily written down and derives from observing and doing. It is drawn from a person's subjective insights and intuitions. It is not easily expressible and is difficult to formalise or transfer. Tacit knowledge is a key driver of personal decision-making. This paper explores the extent to which the tacit knowledge of fire held by staff in land and fire agencies is valued, critiqued and used by these agencies. It is argued that while the role of tacit knowledge in shaping fire practice is substantial, its scope and influence is poorly understood. The paper draws on research in workforce planning and knowledge management, as well as the author's operational fire experience to review how agencies in Victoria could recognise and use tacit knowledge to drive emerging strategic objectives.

      PubDate: Tue, 20 Sep 2016 20:14:08 GMT
  • Volume 31 Issue 2 - Twitter turns ten: its use to date in disaster
    • Abstract: Dufty, Neil
      This article explores current literature to identify the main uses of Twitter in emergency management over the past ten years in Australia and overseas. It finds several uses across the 'disaster cycle' including as a medium for identifying hazard risk, community engagement for disaster mitigation and preparedness, early warning communication, crowdsourcing to provide real-time information, emotional support, identifying needs and vulnerabilities of affected communities, and allocating resources during recovery. This paper concludes by examining some relatively untapped uses of Twitter in building disaster resilience including for social capital formation, capacity building, disaster virtual communities-of-practice, and social change.

      PubDate: Tue, 20 Sep 2016 20:14:08 GMT
  • Volume 31 Issue 2 - Assessing community disaster resilience using a
           balanced scorecard: Lessons learnt from three Australian communities
    • Abstract: Ramsey, Imogen; Steenkamp, Malinda; Thompson, Andrea; Anikeeva, Olga; Arbon, Paul; Gebbie, Kristine
      In 2012, the Torrens Resilience Institute (TRI) developed a balanced Scorecard for communities to assess their disaster resilience using an all-hazards approach. The Scorecard assesses four components of community resilience: connectedness, risk and vulnerability, procedures that support disaster planning, response and recovery (PRR), and PRR resources. The recommended process for completing the Scorecard is for the community to form a representative working group and meet three times over a few weeks to discuss and score the items. From June 2014 to June 2015, the TRI evaluated the Scorecard. Prospective local councils received information about the Scorecard via circulars from local government associations. Sixteen councils expressed interest and three of these implemented the Scorecard. This paper reports on the findings from three communities that implemented the Scorecard.

      PubDate: Tue, 20 Sep 2016 20:14:08 GMT
  • Volume 31 Issue 2 - Organisational resilience and emergency management
    • Abstract: Mees, Bernard; McMurray, Adela; Chhetri, Prem
      The concept of resilience figures prominently in discussions of disaster risk reduction, emergency management and community safety. Overwhelmingly, such discussions view resilience as a highly desirable characteristic of communities. Policies and practices of emergency services organisations imply that a major role of such organisations is to promote and foster community resilience. Yet there is little appreciation of the importance of resilience as a necessary characteristic of emergency services organisations. In this paper we argue that emergency services organisations need to address their own resilience issues in order to properly fulfil their community protection responsibilities. The concept of organisational resilience in relation to Australia's volunteer-based emergency services organisations is discussed and the importance of organisational climate and organisational culture in relation to organisational resilience is stressed.

      PubDate: Tue, 20 Sep 2016 20:14:08 GMT
  • Volume 31 Issue 2 - New generation flood forecasting and decision support
           system for emergency management
    • Abstract: Mirfenderesk, Hamid; Carroll, Don; Chong, Elton; Jafari, Ali; Hossain, Nafis; van Doorn, Ryan; Vis, Scott
      The evolution of decision support systems (DSS) has generally been in pace with the advancement of computing and communication technologies. More recently, there has been an enormous enhancement of computing power and internet bandwidth, coinciding with a proliferation of web-based technologies. This has opened up new opportunities in terms of using complex modelling for flood forecasting and communicating the projections. However, a literature review shows that many of the contemporary DSS in the field of flood emergency management employ surrogate or simplified flood modelling systems. The reason is that undertaking complex flood simulation models has been considered as infeasible in the short time available during a flood emergency. This paper challenges that paradigm. The desire for this paradigm shift is underpinned by the recent advent of Graphic Processing Unit (GPU) flood modelling systems and sophisticated web-based GIS systems that can better present the results of these models. Furthermore, it is proposed that there should be a move away from model-based systems to open systems that can house modelling engines and communicate the outputs effectively for decision-makers. This approach promotes user-focused communities that can cross agency and proprietary lines and reduce costs and promote the maintenance of developed systems. Emergency management decision-making is usually threshold based, and accordingly, outputs should be produced that facilitate this type of decision-making. This paper describes the framework and the working prototype of a flood emergency decision support system (as a proof of concept) that is in operation and supports tactical and strategic decision-making during flooding on the Gold Coast.

      PubDate: Tue, 20 Sep 2016 20:14:08 GMT
  • Volume 31 Issue 2 - Motorist behaviour during the 2015 Shoalhaven floods
    • Abstract: Gissing, Andrew; Haynes, Katharine; Coates, Lucinda; Keys, Chas
      People entering floodwaters by vehicle constitutes a major cause of flood fatalities in Australia and globally. Over the 20 years to 2014, 81 people have died attempting to drive through floodwaters. These comprise 43 per cent of all flood fatalities for this period. Despite Australian emergency services agencies mounting behavioural change campaigns and urging people not to enter floodwater, the behaviour persists. This paper draws on fieldwork carried out during flooding in the Shoalhaven region of NSW, Australia, in August 2015 to examine the effectiveness of the current combination of warnings, education and road signage to stop motorists entering floodwater. The fieldwork identified that 84 per cent of drivers at a monitored site, notably males and four-wheel-drive (4WD) vehicles, dismissed road closure signs and drove into floodwater. It is plain that further work is needed to reduce the frequency of motorists entering floodwater. This requires the development of a holistic approach including education, regulation and engineering measures.

      PubDate: Tue, 20 Sep 2016 20:14:08 GMT
  • Volume 31 Issue 2 - Preparing for disaster:Preparedness in a flood and
           cyclone prone community
    • Abstract: Kanakis, Katerina; McShane, Connar
      Research suggests that the perception of a threat, high levels of self-efficacy, and high levels of social connectedness and trust may facilitate engagement in preparatory behaviours for severe weather events. To identify the psychosocial determinants of preparatory behaviours in cyclone- and flood-prone communities, a questionnaire was completed by 275 (103 males, 169 females, three not identified) participants from a north Queensland community. The results from this study show that perceived susceptibility to a future severe weather event, social connectedness, and self-efficacy significantly predict part of the variance in preparatory behaviour. Therefore communicating personal vulnerability to an event, providing information on how to undertake recommended preparatory action, and increasing engagement in the community may contribute to effective preparation at the community level.

      PubDate: Tue, 20 Sep 2016 20:14:08 GMT
  • Volume 31 Issue 2 - AFAC16 conference and trade exhibition
    • PubDate: Tue, 20 Sep 2016 20:14:08 GMT
  • Volume 31 Issue 2 - 2016 Resilient Australia awards
    • PubDate: Tue, 20 Sep 2016 20:14:08 GMT
  • Volume 31 Issue 2 - National emergency management projects 2015-16
    • PubDate: Tue, 20 Sep 2016 20:14:08 GMT
  • Volume 31 Issue 2 - EM online: Natural Hazards Center Library, University
           of Colorado
    • PubDate: Tue, 20 Sep 2016 20:14:08 GMT
  • Volume 31 Issue 2 - Anniversary of the 1931 Hawke's Bay earthquake
    • Abstract: Hill, Mischa
      This year marks the 85th anniversary of one of the worst disasters in New Zealand's history.

      PubDate: Tue, 20 Sep 2016 20:14:08 GMT
  • Volume 31 Issue 2 - Notes from the field
    • PubDate: Tue, 20 Sep 2016 20:14:08 GMT
  • Volume 31 Issue 3 - People in disasters conference
    • Abstract: Burns, Penelope
      PubDate: Tue, 20 Sep 2016 17:24:27 GMT
  • Volume 31 Issue 3 - Remote-sensing flood data is filling the gaps
    • Abstract: Jones, Freya
      Floods account for some of the worst natural disasters in Australia, costing millions of dollars in damage each year, and devastating communities. Research is testing a new approach to flood forecasting using satellite technology, which could help communities prepare for and deal with floods.

      PubDate: Tue, 20 Sep 2016 17:24:27 GMT
  • Volume 31 Issue 3 - Foreword
    • Abstract: Johnston, David
      PubDate: Tue, 20 Sep 2016 17:24:27 GMT
  • Volume 31 Issue 3 - Developing 'emergency ready communities': A tale of
           two Victorian councils
    • Abstract: Mason, Andrew; Crofts, Eleanor; Steenkamp, Malinda; Ramsey, Imogen
      This paper describes the approach, findings and lessons learned from a collaborative resilience project between Melton City Council and Wyndham City Council in Victoria. The project sought to educate community leaders about disaster resilience through participation in an 'Emergency Ready Communities' forum. As part of the forum, members participated in a workshop to assess the resilience capacity of their communities using the Torrens Resilience Institute Community Disaster Resilience Scorecard. This was a valuable exercise in community engagement as well as in resilience. The exercise highlighted key areas for future improvement.

      PubDate: Tue, 20 Sep 2016 17:24:27 GMT
  • Volume 31 Issue 3 - Monitoring the performance of incident management
    • Abstract: Conway, Geoff
      In 2006, I described an initiative developed by fire services in Victoria to monitor the performance of incident management teams in real time. The initiative was part of the response to coronial recommendations for monitoring firefighter safety. This was extended to include monitoring of broader issues around incident management effectiveness. A key outcome from this initiative was the building of an evidence base for the development of training and briefing materials for incident management team (IMT) members. It was also intended to provide case studies that would inform the design of exercises for development and practicing of incident management skills. What became apparent during the early stages of the program was that watching incident managers as they went through the decision-making process was of much greater value when compared to the analysis of the decision-making process after the event.

      PubDate: Tue, 20 Sep 2016 17:24:27 GMT
  • Volume 31 Issue 3 - The Australian public health response to the H1N1
    • Abstract: Overton, Kristen
      This paper critically analyses the Australian public health response to the H1N1 influenza pandemic in 2009. The aim is to analyse the response in respect to the core public health leadership and management skills of preparation, crisis management, media management, and risk communication. Aspects of ethical and legal considerations are also explored.

      PubDate: Tue, 20 Sep 2016 17:24:27 GMT
  • Volume 31 Issue 3 - AIIMS health check
    • Abstract: Luke, Stephen
      Australia's medical services are a complex functional grouping of planners, practitioners, health professionals, service organisations and government agencies (generically referred to in this paper as 'Health') that share many similarities with mainstream emergency management. Despite this, Health remains at the periphery of incident management frameworks, including the Australasian Inter-service Incident Management System (AIIMS). Many opportunities exist to increase the inclusion of Health in mainstream incident management. This paper considers a range of aspects including mass gatherings and recommendations from reviews of previous events like the Boston Marathon bombing.

      PubDate: Tue, 20 Sep 2016 17:24:27 GMT
  • Volume 31 Issue 3 - Case study: How a disaster simulation helped Red Cross
           prepare for 'Cyclone Winston'
    • Abstract: Robinson, Caragh; Harris, Catherine; Ray, Steve; Morrison, Ian
      In January 2016, Australian Red Cross conducted a simulation exercise to test organisational readiness for large-scale emergency responses. A month later, Fiji was hit by the strongest cyclone ever recorded in the southern hemisphere. The simulation exercise helped Australian Red Cross improve the speed and efficiency with which it was able to support its local partner, Fiji Red Cross Society, in responding to 'Cyclone Winston'. In particular the exercise helped Australian Red Cross clarify contact points for operational and logistical matters, improve understanding of safety and security processes, and strengthen public messaging in emergencies.

      PubDate: Tue, 20 Sep 2016 17:24:27 GMT
  • Volume 31 Issue 3 - Speakers line up for AFAC16, Brisbane: 30 August-2
    • PubDate: Tue, 20 Sep 2016 17:24:27 GMT
  • Volume 31 Issue 3 - Emergency media and public affairs conference
    • Abstract: Bartholomew, Vanessa
      PubDate: Tue, 20 Sep 2016 17:24:27 GMT
  • Volume 31 Issue 3 - Australian and New Zealand disaster and emergency
           management conference
    • Abstract: Bruce, David
      PubDate: Tue, 20 Sep 2016 17:24:27 GMT
  • Volume 31 Issue 3 - Men and disaster: Men's experiences of the black
           Saturday bushfires and the aftermath
    • Abstract: Zara, Claire; Parkinson, Debra; Duncan, Alyssa; Joyce, Kiri
      In the context of a natural disaster, gender stereotypes play an active role in determining the health and safety of everyone involved. Focusing on men, this paper demonstrates the harmful effects that social expectations of masculinity can have on coping mechanisms and decision-making. Expectations based on gender have broad implications for families and communities and for the ways in which emergency management personnel and procedures operate during crisis response. Research findings convey observations and feelings of 32 men about their experiences of the Black Saturday bushfires in 2009. The findings conclude that constructed ideals of masculinity, and the resulting pressures and expectations, contribute significantly to community suffering, and that acknowledgement of this by the emergency management sector is necessary for improvements in response and recovery.

      PubDate: Tue, 20 Sep 2016 17:24:27 GMT
  • Volume 31 Issue 3 - Towards effective mitigation strategies for severe
           wind events
    • Abstract: Smith, Daniel J; McShane, Connar; Swinbourne, Anne; Henderson, David J
      The need to mitigate the losses from severe wind events in Australia has been highlighted repeatedly over the last decade, paralleling that of the hurricane-prone south east United States of America. The Northern Australia Insurance Premiums Taskforce final report1 released in 2015, along with numerous other studies and reports, emphasised that mitigation is the only rational solution to reducing loss and improving the current insurance affordability situation. Engineering solutions exist to prevent failures, however post-event observations highlight their lack of implementation. It follows that the current level of community engagement in mitigation activities in cyclone-prone regions of Australia must be improved if losses are to be reduced. This paper discusses issues of engagement and reviews literature and existing mitigation programs as background for a smartphone mitigation tool being developed in Queensland, Australia, and Florida, USA.

      PubDate: Tue, 20 Sep 2016 17:24:27 GMT
  • Volume 31 Issue 3 - Towards tsunami-safer schools in the Wellington region
           of New Zealand: Evaluating drills and awareness programs
    • Abstract: Johnston, David; Tarrant, Ruth; Tipler, Karlene; Lambie, Emily; Crawford, Miles; Johnson, Victoria; Becker, Julia; Ronan, Kevin
      The Wellington region of New Zealand is exposed to a wide range of potentially damaging impacts from various hazard events (e.g. earthquakes, tsunami, storms and floods). Wellington is situated in one of the most active seismic regions in New Zealand, creating a significant earthquake and tsunami risk. Given the variety of hazards Wellington faces, consideration needs to be given to how the risks are managed within schools. The purpose of the present study was to investigate tsunami preparedness activities undertaken in schools in the region in association with the New Zealand 'ShakeOut' exercise. In November 2015, a survey was carried out in 17 schools from several Wellington tsunami evacuation zones. Results revealed that the sample schools had undertaken at least some tsunami preparedness activities, and some schools reported formal planning, and practice-drills. Importantly however, not all at-risk schools are fully prepared for a tsunami; one of the greatest life-safety risks for students attending school within the Wellington tsunami inundation zones. It is expected that results of the present study will help inform school-based tsunami preparedness guidelines for New Zealand schools.

      PubDate: Tue, 20 Sep 2016 17:24:27 GMT
  • Volume 31 Issue 3 - Child-centred disaster risk reduction: Can disaster
           resilience programs reduce risk and increase the resilience of children
           and households?
    • Abstract: Ronan, Kevin R; Haynes, Katharine; Towers, Briony; Alisic, Eva; Ireland, Nick; Amri, Avianto; Davie, Susan; Petal, Marla
      There has been an increasing research and policy focus internationally on the role of child-centred disaster risk reduction and resilience (CC-DRR), including disaster risk reduction and resilience education programs for children and youth. This paper summarises developments and emphasises current progress and challenges. While research has increased in the past 15 years, there are significant research gaps, including those regarding the effectiveness of programs and their relatively patchy implementation. How to solve these problems has been the focus of a world-first national program of research funded by the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC. Building on international and national research to date, this paper focuses on the question of 'how can we create, evaluate, implement and scale up CC-DRR programs that work over time, including during disasters and into adulthood, to reduce risk and increase resilience for children, youth, schools, households and communities?' This includes a guiding model for research and use, and a set of research-informed tools either developed or being developed to facilitate further progress.

      PubDate: Tue, 20 Sep 2016 17:24:27 GMT
  • Volume 31 Issue 1 - Bushfire support services and the need for evaluation:
           The 2013 Blue Mountains experience
    • Abstract: Rich, Jane; Booth, Angela; Rowlands, Allison; Redd, Prasuna
      In 2013, the Blue Mountains region of NSW experienced devastating bushfires. In response, the Step By Step Blue Mountains Bushfire Support Service was established by the Ministry of Police and Emergency Services and a local Blue Mountains service, Gateway Family Support. The service was to support bushfire-affected community members through a strengths-based and solution-focused approach. This approach has been used in other support services but limited evidence exists on the effectiveness of its use in disaster recovery. The integration of research in the early stages of disaster recovery service design may prove a valuable way to support the work of governments and service delivery organisations and is an important aspect of disaster preparedness and community wellbeing.

      This paper highlights the vulnerability of the Blue Mountains region to bushfire and examines the 2013 response by the Ministry for Police and Emergency Services Disaster Welfare Service (DWS) in association with Gateway Family Services. The DWS and Gateway Family Services collaborated to implement the service. This paper concludes that support services should be flexible in their response to dealing with those recovering from traumatic experiences such as bushfires. It demonstrates that evaluation of existing disaster support programs could better inform future disaster responses and services to assist communities to better cope and rebuild their lives.

      PubDate: Sat, 30 Apr 2016 00:25:46 GMT
  • Volume 31 Issue 1 - Extending into community-led preparedness and planning
           just enough (but not too much?)
    • Abstract: McLennan, Blythe
      How can a well-organised, capable, and respected community group help improve local community bushfire safety and build resilience in a high risk area? That is the question the research team for the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC Out of Uniform project explored in a case study of a community-led bushfire preparedness project called Be Ready Warrandyte. Along the way, the case study raised questions about the appetite of the emergency management sector for supporting community-led preparedness and planning.

      PubDate: Sat, 30 Apr 2016 00:25:46 GMT
  • Volume 31 Issue 1 - Foreword
    • Abstract: Bates, John
      PubDate: Sat, 30 Apr 2016 00:25:46 GMT
  • Volume 31 Issue 1 - A collaborative resource allocation strategy for
           hurricane preparedness for private, public and government sectors
    • Abstract: Donaldson, Jessica; Campos-Nanez, Enrique; Mazzuchi, Thomas A; Sarkani, Shahram
      The number of natural hazards across the globe has increased over the last decade impacting communities, business operations and disaster recovery efforts (Leaning and Debarati 2013). Fast and effective recovery efforts minimise the consequences of natural hazard events. Relief efforts suffer from constrained budgets, high cost of resources and lack of an effective means to allocate those resources. Current resource allocation systems leverage state warehoused goods and appropriates products as needed, both during and after a disaster event. In some cases, services are outsourced to the private sector. In most cases, these processes do not include coordination across multiple sectors, which results in higher overall costs for goods and services. To improve the efficiency of relief efforts, collaboration between sectors is vital for effective planning and preparation. Research for this paper demonstrated potential improved outcomes that can be achieved in balancing the responsibility for resource distribution among sectors via a user-friendly mathematical model. The 'Balanced Resource Allocation Model' (BRAM) assists planners to collaborate and balance resources among local public, private and government sectors during the 'pre-phase' of disaster recovery efforts.

      PubDate: Sat, 30 Apr 2016 00:25:46 GMT
  • Volume 31 Issue 1 - The influence of organisational culture on learning
           lessons: Implementing a lessons management life cycle
    • Abstract: Jackson, Lisa Marie
      This paper provides an overview of research into the management of lessons in the emergency management sector to identify what success looks like when implementing lessons management. This research included a literature review, an evaluation of Australian and international emergency services organisations lessons management implementation and case study focus groups of Country Fire Authority members in Victoria. A Lessons Management Life Cycle was developed that is currently being implemented by Emergency Management Victoria. The success of a lessons management life cycle relies on a strong lessons organisational culture. Organisations that display key characteristics of a strong lessons culture support lessons management and continuous improvement programs.

      PubDate: Sat, 30 Apr 2016 00:25:46 GMT
  • Volume 31 Issue 1 - Centralised coordination of spontaneous emergency
           volunteers: The EV CREW model
    • Abstract: McLennan, Blythe; Molloy, Julie; Handmer, John
      This paper presents a case study of Emergency Volunteering - Community Response to Extreme Weather (EV CREW). EV CREW is a best-practice model for centrally coordinating spontaneous volunteers who respond during emergencies. The model was developed by Volunteering Queensland, a not-for-profit organisation and the peak volunteering body in Queensland. The case study outlines the EV CREW model, with particular attention on intended outcomes for community resilience and emergency management. It presents spontaneous volunteering as an empowering and legitimate component of recovery and resilience and, when coordinated appropriately, it adds value to recovery, is rewarding for volunteers, and reduces associated risks for volunteers, recipient organisations and communities. It also emphasises that central coordination does not replace traditional emergency management volunteering nor informal helping behaviour and emergent volunteerism. Instead, models like EV CREW extend existing emergency management arrangements to increase the variety of ways available for people to contribute to emergency management and disaster recovery.

      PubDate: Sat, 30 Apr 2016 00:25:46 GMT
  • Volume 31 Issue 1 - Building adaptive capacities for disaster resilience:
           What role for government?
    • Abstract: Hunt, Susan
      Natural disasters have always occurred regularly in Australia and governments have developed public policy responses for dealing with loss and damage resulting from disasters. In early 2011, Australian governments at all levels adopted the National Strategy for Disaster Resilience (NSDR) (Commonwealth of Australia 2011). The NSDR offered a new paradigm that called on all sectors of the community to adopt resilience-based behaviours in the face of the inevitability of natural disasters. Instead of being overly dependent on government and emergency services organisations, people were encouraged to become more self-reliant and share responsibility by gaining awareness, knowledge and taking action to reduce their risks. While there is a general consensus on the types of high-level policies needed for resilience, there is less information about how to translate disaster resilience policy into action. Addressing this gap depends in large part, on appropriate implementation of government policy to foster disaster resilience, including in a multi-level system of government, like in Australia. This paper, citing a lack of guidance for resilience policy implementation, proposes a resilience policy implementation framework that could be applied by practitioners. The theoretical basis for the framework consists of four networked adaptive capacities for resilience. Other elements include actions that support the development of these capacities and federal policy mechanism. The framework is tested and refined using four case studies corresponding with the four adaptive capacities and using data collected from five resilience initiatives operating within each tier of government and in the business and not-for-profit sectors.

      PubDate: Sat, 30 Apr 2016 00:25:46 GMT
  • Volume 31 Issue 1 - 2015 Resilience Roundtable: Co working as a way of
           enhancing collaboration in post-disaster environments
    • Abstract: Hallwright, Joshua; Brady, Kate
      In 2009 the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) agreed to adopt a whole-of-nation resilience-based approach to disaster management. COAG later released the National Strategy for Disaster Resilience in 2011. The strategy acknowledges that 'non-government and community organisations are at the forefront of strengthening disaster resilience in Australia' (COAG 2011). Since 2012, Australian Red Cross has been hosting annual Resilience Roundtable events as a way to explore the themes identified in the strategy. The 2015 Resilience Roundtable was held in September with the theme of co working as a way to practically enhance collaboration in disaster recovery. A full report of the 2015 Resilience Roundtable is available on the Australian Red Cross.

      PubDate: Sat, 30 Apr 2016 00:25:46 GMT
  • Volume 31 Issue 1 - Mine disasters: The need for planning partnerships
           between mine operators and local community emergency planning committees
    • Abstract: Parsons, David
      In contemporary Australia mine disasters involving miners trapped underground are not common. However, experience from recent mine disasters in Australia and overseas show that when underground entrapments do occur they create a range of issues for the mine and local community to manage. The emergency response will therefore include participation of multiple emergency services with specialist support potentially coming from across the globe. Significant issues management and logistical challenges will arise. As a result the participation of local, state and national governments will be required.

      For the majority of mines the range and scale of issues are beyond the scope of their internal emergency plan. As a result emergency management arrangements within the jurisdiction in which the mine operates will need to be activated to enable effective coordination. Joint pre-planning between the mine operator and the local community's emergency planning committee will contribute to ensuring the conduct of an effective emergency operation. This article recommends actions mine operators should take to build a strong partnership with their Local Emergency Management Committee.

      PubDate: Sat, 30 Apr 2016 00:25:46 GMT
  • Volume 31 Issue 1 - People's response to disasters in the Philippines
           [Book Review]
    • Abstract: Healy, Christine
      Review(s) of: People's response to disasters in the Philippines, by J. C. Gaillard, Published by Palgrave Macmillan New York, ISBN 1137484284.

      PubDate: Sat, 30 Apr 2016 00:25:46 GMT
  • Volume 31 Issue 1 - Australian Medical Assistance team
    • PubDate: Sat, 30 Apr 2016 00:25:46 GMT
  • Volume 31 Issue 1 - Knowledge for life: How local knowledge is helping
           communities prepare
    • Abstract: Jones, Freya
      There are many ways for a community to reduce its risk to the effects of hazards and disasters. Science and research play an important role, but for many remote and Indigenous communities, this cannot provide all of the solutions. Local knowledge can be pivotal to their risk reduction. To this end, the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC hosted a panel of speakers at the Australasian Natural Hazards Management conference in Perth as part of the 2015 International Day for Disaster Reduction.

      PubDate: Sat, 30 Apr 2016 00:25:46 GMT
  • Volume 31 Issue 1 - 2015 Resilient Australia awards
    • PubDate: Sat, 30 Apr 2016 00:25:46 GMT
  • Volume 31 Issue 1 - Australia hosts the first global training exercise for
           emergency response medical teams
    • Abstract: Foster, Michelle
      The top end of Australia was the focus for world-first training for international Emergency Medical Team Coordinators in October 2015. The chaos following a category five cyclone on an imaginary Pacific island called Namuna was recreated in Australia for this first global disaster relief training exercise.

      PubDate: Sat, 30 Apr 2016 00:25:46 GMT
  • Volume 31 Issue 1 - Supporting post-disaster planning in flood-affected
    • Abstract: Kelly, Kirsty
      In Australia, floods cause an average $377 million in damage each year. Rebuilding flood-affected communities in ways that enhance their resilience to future flood events is important to strengthen individuals, businesses and institutions and minimise the adverse effects of future disasters.

      PubDate: Sat, 30 Apr 2016 00:25:46 GMT
  • Volume 31 Issue 1 - The Surf emergency response system evaluated and
    • Abstract:
      The Surf Emergency Response System (SERS) was established in 2008 by Surf Life Saving (SLS) as a single point of contact within each state for Police and other emergency services organisations to contact and activate lifesaving services. SERS was created in response to the complex and inconsistent system within SLS and used by emergency services organisations to contact SLS aquatic rescue services. The single access point phone number provided effective communication between emergency service agencies and SLS to arrange and coordinate aquatic rescue services along the Australian coastline.

      PubDate: Sat, 30 Apr 2016 00:25:46 GMT
  • Volume 31 Issue 1 - Rebuild by Design: Building resilience with winning
    • Abstract: Lentini, Rosemarie
      For Australian architect Helen Lochhead, building resilience to disasters involves 'building back better'.

      PubDate: Sat, 30 Apr 2016 00:25:46 GMT
  • Volume 31 Issue 1 - BOM heatwave assessment service
    • PubDate: Sat, 30 Apr 2016 00:25:46 GMT
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