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Politicians are increasingly involving themselves in the frontline delivery of information in the lead up to disasters and as they unfold. They are often placed as spokespeople and represent the public face of disaster, be it anthropogenic or natural.
Governments should begin harnessing the power of community organisations in disaster planning, according to this new report.
Overview: This report presents data about natural disasters impacts (human and economic) at world scale for the last 20 years. The analyses focus on trends and patterns of impacts and how these vary regarding the income level or the geographical location. Based on the...
From leaky buildings to financial crashes, from mining disasters to deep water oil spills and from poor patient care to financial misselling, regulation can fail to prevent disasters arising from the risks it is meant to manage.
Although each disaster is unique in many...
Geoscience Australia and NATSEM have recently collaborated to produce experimental estimates of the geographic distribution of vulnerability to a natural hazard. This paper describes the method used in applying synthetic estimation to quantifying vulnerability and reports on the results of the application.
This report assesses whether it would be socially desirable to provide enhanced post-cyclone emergency services in towns such as Cairns.
One means of addressing the issue is to estimate the net social benefit that would accrue to Cairns residents. Focus groups of residents identified...
The Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (CERA) is the agency leading and coordinating the recovery of greater Christchurch following the September 2010 and February 2011 earthquakes. The area over which CERA has responsibility was defined under the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Act 2011 using council boundaries rather...
On April 2nd, 2007 a 12. m tsunami struck Simbo, a relatively remote island in Western Province, Solomon Islands. Although Simbo's population continues to depend on their own food production and small-scale governance regimes regulate access to resources, the island's way of life over the...
This article presents an analysis of how social media was used during Tropical Cyclone Winston, the strongest recorded tropical storm that left a wake of destruction and devastation in Fiji during February 2016. Social media is increasingly being used in crises and disasters as an...
Globally floods cause widespread damage and loss of life and property. An analysis of global statistics conducted by Jonkman (2005) showed that floods (including coastal flooding) caused 175,000 fatalities and affected more than 2.2 billion people between 1975 and 2002. In Australia, floods cause more...