Australian councils share disaster smarts with United States

By Professor Edward Blakely* The United States has dealt with more disasters in the last four years than any period in nearly a century. This path of destruction has been underlined by the numerous floods, tornadoes, cyclones and other man-made disasters like the horrible fertiliser plant explosion in Texas. While these disasters make the headlines, […]

Auckland Council offers help to Christchurch

Auckland City Council has already offered its services to Christchurch, following the devastating earthquake today.   Auckland Mayor Len Brown said the Council was discussing a number of options with officers, including the provision of road and water engineering support, civil defence and specialists in building consents.   “Auckland Council will do everything it can […]

Public Works on frontline of recovery effort

Around 90 QBuild workers from Brisbane have been deployed to cyclone-affected communities, Public Works Minister Robert Schwarten has announced. The workers will join 160 local QBuild field staff working in devastated communities from Cairns to Townsville. Mr Schwarten said this included “ground zero” communities, such as Innisfail, Silkwood, Mission Beach, Tully and Cardwell. "They are […]

Simulated tsunami tests response arrangements

By Staff Writer Australia’s emergency management arrangements were yesterday put to the test in a regional tsunami exercise. Led by Indonesia, the Indian Ocean Wave exercise tested the ability of agencies to communicate urgent information including the size, intensity and likely land inundation of a simulated tsunami in the region. The exercise involved emergency services […]


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