Resilience NEWS

Funding will help bushfire victims

PERMANENT funding will assist volunteer groups that help victims of bushfires and other natural disasters. The fund has been set up by the NSW Government and Treasurer Mike Baird is asking volunteer groups to come forward.  “The early start to the fire season has already had a devastating impact on many properties across the state and the task of re-building is immense,” said Mr Baird. “Voluntary groups do an amazing job helping bushfire victims with the clean-up and recovery process, and while the NSW Government has provided financial assistance to one voluntary group in the past, we are determined to do more to assist those who are helping others get back on their feet…


Fire readiness to be shared on ACT First

A community of ACT social media users will add to front-line preparations this year such as hazard burning, bulldozing and heavy grazing of fire breaks to prepare Canberrans for their next natural disaster. Posts from people cleaning their gutters, mowing lawns, trimming trees and protecting their family will go up on a new website, ACT First, to be launched on October 31. ACT Rural Fire Service chief Andrew Stark heads a steering committee of scientists, Bureau of Meteorology, CSIRO and the ANU’s Climate Change Institute people who will oversee the website’s content. Material will include a history of natural disasters including ACT earthquakes, floods, heatwaves, weather records and disaster plans…


Disasters managed by bureaucrats, no thanks

Resilience relies on local communities working together; emergency management relies on local agencies collaborating at a national scale. The Australasian Fire and Emergency Service Council (AFAC) provides that platform. Established by members 20 years ago, it is the industry peak body owned by the 34 fire and emergency services across Australia and NZ, which work together to generate synergy across the industry…


Masters of disasters: IT survivors of Katrina, Sandy and other natural disasters share their DR tips and tricks

Natural and manmade disasters are facts of life. Smart IT managers prepare for the worst before trouble hits, so that the businesses and government institutions that rely on IT can resume normal operations as soon as possible. So what are the nitty-gritty details of anticipating, managing and recovering from disaster? Network World spoke to IT experts and managers who have survived disasters to find out.


Why the Sharing Economy is Important for Disaster Response

A unique and detailed survey funded by the Rockefeller Foundation confirms the important role that social and community bonds play vis-à-vis disaster resilience. The new study, which focuses on resilience and social capital in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, reveals how disaster-affected communities self-organized, “with reports of many people sharing access to power, food and water, and providing shelter.” This mutual aid was primarily coordinated face-to-face. This may not always be possible, however. So the “Share Economy” can also play an important role in coordinating self-help during disasters…


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