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                     Australian Institute for Disaster Resilience

Volume 31 | No. 4 | October 2016

The October 2016 Australian Journal of Emergency Management is now online.

As the recent severe weather in South Australia, NSW and Victoria has shown, Australians need to be prepared for disaster at any time of year. Yet the arrival of summer heralds the most significant period of the year for Australia, bringing with it bushfire, tropical cyclone, heatwaves, severe thunderstorms (with their inherent risk of hail, lightning and flash flooding), and northern monsoon. This issue of the Journal features research on heatwave and building community resilience during cyclone. The cost of these extreme weather events can be immense yet easily forgotten. As Robert Glasser, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction, notes in his editorial, “Disaster risks are rarely visible in a world where investing is increasingly short-term and speculative”.

A number of research papers in this edition come from the recent Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC Research Forum of the AFAC16 annual conference. The conference theme acknowledges the need to delicately balance the core streams of emergency management  ‘mitigation – response – recovery’ and papers presented at the conference focused on themes including decision-making, risk ownership, building partnerships and community engagement within these streams. 

And a reminder that this online version of AJEM is, and will continue to be, provided free of charge to all subscribers. However, if you also receive the print edition now is the time to subscribe to future editions of AJEM at  
The Excess Heat Factor as a metric for heat-related fatalities: defining heatwave risk categories 

Dr Thomas Loridan, Lucinda Coates, Dr Daniel Argüeso, Dr Sarah E. Perkins-Kirkpatrick, Professor John McAneney
Building community cyclone resilience through academic and insurance industry partnerships  

Jon Harwood, Dr Daniel J. Smith, Dr David Henderson
Owning the future: risk ownership and strategic decision-making for natural

Celeste Young, Roger N. Jones
Evaluating resilience in two remote indigenous Australian communities 

Philip Morley, Jeremy Russell-Smith, Kamaljit K. Sangha, Stephen Sutton, Dr Bev Sithole
Helping fire-impacted families in rebuilding: toward enhanced community resilience outcomes

Emilis Prelgauskas
Can place attachment mediate perceptions of bushfire risk? A case study of the Blue Mountains, NSW

Charishma Ratnam, Dr Danielle Drozdzewski,Dr Rosalie Chapple
Disaster risk management should be an integral part of economic planning

Robert Glasser
Churchill Fellowship: media images and imitative behaviour in disasters

Philip Campbell

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