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Charity Scams Put the ‘Disaster’ in Disaster Relief…and more

Charity Scams Put the ‘Disaster’ in Disaster Relief

Online security isn’t something I usually write about, but it’s National Cyber Security Awareness Month, so ’tis the season. And as the CEO of an online cause engagement platform that companies use to manage their employee volunteer and giving programs, including disaster relief efforts, security is an important issue I get asked about a lot. The greatest scams accompany the times of greatest need, and natural disasters are a match made in heaven for fraudsters. Amidst the fog of chaos, when normal channels of communication are compromised, con artists take advantage…

 

How to be bushfire ready: even Melbourne city slickers need a plan this summer

Do city slickers need a fire plan for the bushfire season or is that just for country folk? At the beginning of what is predicted to be an extreme fire season, Gina McColl reads the smoke signals to find out who needs to be prepared – and when, where and how. The so-called Godzilla El Nino has meant an early start to the bushfire season. How long will it last, and when will it peak? Out-of-control bushfires this early in the season are highly unusual – and an ominous sign, says Peter Rau, chief officer with the Metropolitan Fire…

 

‘Godzilla El Nino’ intensifying: Drought, heatwaves and heightened bushfire risk expected this summer

Photo: We can expect an increased risk of bushfires, such as this one near Willare, in WA's Kimberley earlier this year. (Audience submitted: Carina Cooke

Photo: We can expect an increased risk of bushfires, such as this one near Willare, in WA’s Kimberley earlier this year. (Audience submitted: Carina Cooke

Internationally it is being described as a “Godzilla El Nino”, and while forecasters here are a little more conservative with their language, they say the weather event is tipped to rival the monster El Nino of 1997. Dr Andrew Watkins, the manager of climate predictions with the Australian Bureau of Meteorology, said parts of Australia had already experienced high temperatures, with Melbourne about 16 degrees above the average on Monday. “We could probably attribute this to the El Nino event that we’re seeing at the moment, those clear skies, dry soil, not much rain about to keep things cool and that weather, that…

 

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