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Councils: Clarity needed on natural disaster funding

CLARITY on natural disaster funding arrangements is essential to improve regional Queensland’s recovery, three local councils will argue on Wednesday.The calls from Bundaberg, Lockyer Valley and Southern Downs regional councils will be made at the Local Government Association of Queensland’s annual conference in Cairns. Three key motions on disaster funding, day labour immediately after a disaster, and the state government’s new emergency management levy will be debated during the conference. As Bundaberg continues to recover from the Ex-Tropical Cyclone Oswald, the council will call on LGAQ to lobby the state government to change the new levy[jd1] …

‘Learned helplessness’ leaves people in major cities unprepared to cope in natural disasters

Emergency experts say a learned helplessness has left Australians in major cities unprepared to cope in natural disasters. With the increasing impact of extreme heatwaves, storms, fires and floods, experts say traditional reliance on emergency services and recovery support such as cash handouts needs to be urgently reviewed if Australia is to better survive both the effects and escalating costs of such disasters. Emergency expert Lewis Winter from Charles Sturt University says Australians need to prepare themselves for a situation where emergency services are unable to help them…

‘Building Resilience’ | The 2nd C: Confidence

Why is confidence so important?  It feels good, of course, to know that you can do something well. Confidence is especially critical to children because it is necessary to navigating childhood and adolescence successfully and safely, a journey that involves taking risks every step of the way-walking into a new school for the first time, trying to make friends, or looking foolish by speaking up in class or not making the team. Without authentic confidence, children will not take necessary risks.  With authentic confidence, they will feel like they have some degree of power over their environment and are more likely to persevere and have an optimistic outlook instead of feeling passive and powerless…

Mapping The 31 Million People Displaced By Natural Disasters So Far

This is what it looks like when floods, hurricanes, cyclones, and typhoons force millions of people to flee their homes…

Building Resilience And Reducing Climate Risks In Cities

Building resilience depends on the capacity to anticipate and plan for the future. The continued implementation of a plan that anticipates the effects of future shocks can help a city withstand them and rebuild itself when necessary. Hence, resilience is greatly influenced by the quality of local management, its capacity to anticipate and enforce, the availability of information and the quality of the infrastructure and services that the city provides…


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