Resilience to Hazards

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Fire impacts in Tasmania 1967
Fire impacts in Tasmania 1967

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This study will examine in-depth lessons from historical emergencies and disasters by engaging with state and federal response agencies, as well as those supporting response and recovery, and local government.

This study is examining the in-depth lessons from historical emergencies and disasters by engaging with state and federal response agencies, as well as those supporting response and recovery, and local government.  The project is examining options for defining agile and sustained skills sets across the full cycle of disaster management.

This study is also enhancing planning mechanisms for the delivery of effective disaster response and efficient recovery strategies for future emergencies. The combination of capability gap analysis and scenario-based futures-based thinking will allow the formation of scaled descriptions of capability along a continuum of increasing effectiveness, adaptability and sophistication to contribute to strengthening community resilience. 

This knowledge is critical because within the context of modern disaster situations, institutions would be unlikely to face single incidents but rather a series of systemic failures, often appearing concurrently. Emergent complexities in linked systems make crises difficult to anticipate and consequences difficult to plan for.  Furthermore, under emergency conditions the pressure on senior decision-makers to ‘make-sense’ of multiple lines of information (for both crisis and consequence modes) is significant. 

Fire Australia cover, summer 2015
9 February, 2015
Four CRC research projects have been profiled in the latest edition of Fire Australia.
23 January, 2015
As emergency management becomes increasingly all-hazard focused, community warnings and coordination between agencies becomes more vital. New research by the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC will assist partner agencies across Australia and New Zealand communicate more effectively and bounce back from natural disasters.
Capability needs for emergency and disaster management organisations
25 Aug 2014

Understanding future capability needs for response and recovery agencies and allied government agencies, with standing in the oversight of emergency and disaster response, are relatively un-addressed or where the relevant issues have been examined, remain incomplete. 

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Network Centric Emergency Management: Options for Filling a Strategic Void in Interoperability Thinking
18 Aug 2015

The Problem: Traditional emergency management approaches are linear and siloed and not agile enough to meet today's complex and dynamic environment. Organisations endeavour to become interoperable, however with the current thinking, this simply moves the solution from one silo to another. A strategic void exists within interoperability thinking and without collaborative innovation and a network centric approach, emergency management practices will continue to lack the agility and capability to respond and recover effectively from dynamic and evolving threats.

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