Overwhelmed by all of the post-conference analysis on the UNISDR's World Conference for Disaster Risk Reduction (WCDRR)?
Here are a few of the articles that caught our eye over the week:
Australian Government representatives will attend the Third United Nations World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction. The conference will be held from 14 to 18 March 2015 in Sendai City, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan.
The Australian Emergency Management Institute will be acknowledged at the first Monash University Disaster Resilience Initiative forum for 2015. The forum, on 26 March, will focus on disaster resilience and recovery in Victoria, and how local and global changes can impact and improve emergency management in the state.
28 February signals not only the last day of summer, but also National Red Balloon Day.
On a hot, dusty day, dozens of volunteers cheerfully begin the work of mending fences to contain the livestock that survived the recent fires. Some volunteers have driven up just for the day, some have travelled long distances and will be sleeping in their own campervans or tents for a week or more. Many are regulars, returning yet again to give up their time for BlazeAid, an organisation that, in their own words, gives as much to them as volunteers, as to the farmers they’re helping.
Anniversaries are powerful things, and Australia has just commemorated a number of high profile disaster events. Anniversaries mark a change in landscape, both physical and psychological, and the material gathered by the Knowledge Hub and the Australian Journal of Emergency Management is both a record and result of these changes, as each year that passes offers a chance to learn from and improve upon what has gone before.
Image: Flickr, Kaptain Kobold
Throughout history, Australians have experienced countless disasters, originating from both human and natural causes. Many of these events have resulted in significant research and analysis, together with reports that are extremely relevant to emergency management. This information provides insight into the impacts of disasters, which better informs future decision making. Research gives us history, history gives us context and preparedness grows from both.
12 November is Wear Orange Wednesday and AEMI staff are glowing today in support of our State Emergency Services. Check out #wearoranngewednesday and #wowday to see how other organisations are celebrating the SES.
The International Day for Disaster Reduction #IDDR2014 is in its 25th year, and aims to promote a global culture of disaster reduction, including disaster prevention, mitigation and preparedness. This year the International Day for Disaster Reduction (13 October) focuses on older people to consider their needs and what they can contribute to better planning and understanding of disaster risk in their communities.