Posts Categorised: Emergency Management

The Natural Hazards Partnership: A public-sector collaboration across the UK for natural hazard disaster risk reduction

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“This paper presents the NHP as a successful example of a national collaboration of public bodies with a common goal. The partnership’s organization and scientific approach is discussed alongside a review of activities and deliverables developed to help realize the NHP’s vision: ‘To be the UK’s trusted voice for natural hazards advice’. The NHP has overcome collaborative challenges of multi-organizational, geographically dispersed working by building common ground, respect and trust.”

Source: Hemingway, R., & Gunawan, O. (2017). International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction and available from this link (open access).

The value of volunteers, volunteering and volunteerism (3Vs) project

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“The Value of Volunteers, Volunteering and Volunteerism (3Vs) project began on the premise that there are currently no credible or comprehensive methods or models to fully understand the value of emergency management volunteers and volunteering to the Victorian community. Nor is it possible to place a holistic value on volunteerism overall. The contribution and value distribution cannot be quantified, and at present can only be demonstrated through effective story-telling, media messaging or standard lines. A better understanding of service, people, products and program value is important to sustainability, effective investment, strategy and modelling of capability, capacity and costs.”

Source: Emergency Management Victoria and available from this link (open access).

From research outcome to agency change: mapping a learning trajectory of opportunities and challenges

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“To create the best conditions for organisational learning a literature review of learning lessons in emergency management was conducted. Practitioners were also interviewed to understand the contexts and challenges faced in implementing research insights and in facilitating change. This paper presents two studies that examine aspects of organisational learning. In the first study, the challenges to learning from action and experience and from reflection and planning are examined. In the second study, the systems for learning used in emergency services organisations are considered and a preliminary theory of research utilisation maturity is proposed. The initiatives reported help to maximise the value of research and supports innovation through utilisation.”

Source: Owen, C., Krusel, N., Bearman, C., and Brooks, B. (2017) Australian Journal of Emergency Management and available from this link (open access).

Evaluations of post-disaster recovery: A review of practice material

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“This paper reviews evaluations of post-disaster recovery efforts. The focus is on operational material and other ‘grey literature’ from disasters that have occurred in Australia, New Zealand and internationally. We develop a typology that categorises disaster events and includes whether evaluations were undertaken; the methods used; and whether the evaluations focused on the processes or outcomes of the recovery program. The review finds a lack of evaluation of post-disaster recovery.”

Source: Ryan, R., Wortley, L., & Ní Shé, É. (2016). Evidence Base and available from this link (open access).

Women in fire and emergency leadership action plan

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“Of our 2,500 employees who hold fire and emergency roles, only 26 percent are women. The number of leadership roles held by women is just 19 percent. Participation in roles is skewed, with heavy biases in traditionally feminine and masculine roles. Women are more likely to perform non field-based roles, whereas men are more likely to undertake action-oriented operational roles. We are committing to 50 percent of fire and emergency roles and leadership roles being held by women.”

Source: Victoria. Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (2016) and available from this link (open access).

Mental Disorder Symptoms among Public Safety Personnel in Canada

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“Canadian public safety personnel (PSP; e.g., correctional workers, dispatchers, firefighters, paramedics, police officers) are exposed to potentially traumatic events as a function of their work. Such exposures contribute to the risk of developing clinically significant symptoms related to mental disorders. The current study was designed to provide estimates of mental disorder symptom frequencies and severities for Canadian PSP.”

Source: Carleton, R. N. et al. (2017).  The Canadian Journal of Psychiatry, and available from this link (open access).

Risk ownership framework for emergency management policy and practice

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“The purpose of this framework is to support better strategic management of risks associated with natural hazards. It does this through providing a series of tasks that support the allocation of risk ownership as part of strategic planning activities. This framework is not intended to replace current risk processes, but to enhance and add value to what is already there.”

Source: Young, C., Jones, R., Kumnick, M., Christopher, G. & Casey, N. (2017). Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC and available from this link (open access)

Teaching emergency and disaster management in Australia: standards for higher education providers

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“Tertiary education plays a key role in developing the capability of those tasked with leading efforts to improve emergency and disaster management. A curricula informed by industry needs and designed with a generic benchmark in mind is essential for effective tertiary education. Therefore, there is value in developing standards for emergency and disaster tertiary programs; standards that may facilitate international cooperation and exchange among emergency and disaster professionals and perhaps contribute to professionalisation. The aim of this project was to develop a conceptual framework and standards for higher education programs in emergency and disaster management in Australia.”

Source: Fitzgerald, G., Rego, J., Ingham, V., Brooks, B., Cottrell, A., Manock, I., … & Crawley, H. (2017).  Australian Journal of Emergency Management, and available from this link (open access).

Coordination of federal, state and local disaster management arrangements in Australia: lessons from the UK and the US

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“This document discusses the gaps in Australia’s emergency management legislation and the coordination of federal, state and local disaster management arrangements in Australia. It analyses key legislation from the UK and US jurisdictions and reveals important lessons that could be adopted in Australia.”

Source: Eburn, M. (2017). ASPI Insights and avilable from this link (open access).

Social media is changing the way society works

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Carl Miller, Research Director at the Centre for the Analysis of Social Media, Demos speaks about how social media is changing the way society works and the emerging threats to public safety in a digital age.

Source: Miller, C. (2016). Police Foundation (YouTube 23:36) and available from this link (open access).