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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.
The goal of this program is to improve Indonesia's management of disaster risks and to strengthen cooperation between Australia and Indonesia's on regional humanitarian issues.
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...
In an emergency, the provision of public information and warnings plays a significant role in making people and communities safer. Timely, targeted and tailored information and warnings empower people to make informed decisions, to take protective action, and to reduce the potential impacts and consequences...
New Zealand has a rich history of natural hazard events, including flooding, coastal erosion, tsunami, volcanic eruption, earthquakes, and landslides. In many instances, these natural hazards have determined the location of our towns and cities, including relocating our towns when the risk becomes intolerable....
Governments should begin harnessing the power of community organisations in disaster planning, according to this new report.
Tsunami awareness in New Zealand has evolved over the last 50 years since the 1960 Chilean tsunami, which struck New Zealand without official warning and caused significant damage, despite occurring at low tide. From 1960 to 2004 various measures were put in place, such as...
In local history accounts of the founding of settlements and the establishment of towns, cities and regions there is a tendency for the physical environment to retreat as an actor or active force over time. It is as if the establishment of a city must...
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.