Planning for catastrophe: an all-hazards nationwide approach

Most emergency management effort is focused on preparation for routine emergencies. But Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC research, through Risk Frontiers, Macquarie University and the Australian Natural University is going beyond the day-to-day to get Australia ready for catastrophic emergencies.…

Building capability through partnerships

Disasters are going to happen and come in all different types, sizes and all have different impacts on the environments where we live in. The common element in all disasters is the profound impact on people.  In September 4th 2010…

The importance of a dedicated fire weather network – Part 1

Every year a vast majority of 30–46 million km2 of the global land surface burn due to wildfire, approximately 4% of the global land surface. Recently in North America the area burnt by wildfires has increased sharply, while regions like…

Wildfire prediction: Systems for the future

Wildfires are dangerous and incredibly destructive events – difficult to fight and difficult to predict. Despite this, accurate predictions of wildfire behaviour are required for planning, early warning and operational emergency management. The difficulty in prediction arises from a number…

Planning for catastrophic disasters

The hallmarks of catastrophic disasters are death and destruction, large scale disruption of communities and businesses, the displacement of populations and public anxiety. Often they occur with little to no warning, overwhelming the capacity of institutions and the community to…

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