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Disaster hub – everything at your fingertips

It’s now easier for Sunshine Coast residents and visitors to prepare for severe weather events and other disasters – and stay up-to-date with important information when events occur. Sunshine Coast Council today launched its new Disaster Hub which has weather warnings, road closures and evacuation centres on one easy-to-use site. It also links to airport updates, traffic cameras, flood mapping, and Council’s news updates and social media.   Sunshine Coast Local Disaster Management Chair Mayor Mark Jamieson said the new hub aimed to coordinate all local information in the one area so the public could access it quickly…


Natural disasters, not wars, prompt Brits to give to charity

The 2004 tsunami disaster generated a phenomenal £1,400 per victim against £270 per casualty of the Syrian conflict. Photograph: Chris Mcgrath/Getty Images

The 2004 tsunami disaster generated a phenomenal £1,400 per victim against £270 per casualty of the Syrian conflict. Photograph: Chris Mcgrath/Getty Images

Fewer than a third of British people believe in the humanitarian principle that we have a duty to help everyone in distress, regardless of circumstances, according to a new survey conducted by the Charities Aid Foundation. The research revealed that, beneath the generosity that people show in giving to charity, there is also a judgment – which means that people give far less money to help innocent people caught up in war or conflict than to people who suffer as a result of “natural” disasters, such as earthquakes or floods…


NSW communities receive disaster resilience funding boost

Commonwealth Minister for Justice Michael Keenan and New South Wales Minister for Police and Emergency Services Stuart Ayres today announced the first successful projects under the 2014-15 round of the Natural Disaster Resilience Program. 99 projects totalling more than $5 million have been approved including work to support the aged care sector, indigenous communities and increasing emergency preparedness for people living with a disability in NSW. Close to $1.3 million is being provided under the Emergency Volunteer Support Scheme to support the recruitment, training and retention of emergency volunteers that the NSW communities rely on during emergency situations. $1.8 million is also being provided to support a broad range of locally based community engagement projects through the Community Resilience Innovation Program…


Financial Crisis and Natural Disasters Hit Property Settlements

Leading Brisbane Family Law Firm, Michael Lynch Family Lawyers, have observed an increasing impact of floods, cyclones, the financial crisis and other natural disasters on divorce property settlements as many business owners, home owners and investors have found that their assets have lost value at the time of their divorce…


BWL and city of Lansing must develop community resilience

We are approaching the anniversary of the 22 December 2013 ice storm which precipitated a lengthy electrical power outage in our region and the resultant assessment of the response by our communities and the Board of Water & Light. As the leader of the Community Review Team, which issued a lengthy report on our assessment, I am often asked whether any of our recommendations have not been implemented…



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