The Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC, AFAC and Australian Red Cross will together deliver emergency management products and services on behalf of Emergency Management Australia (EMA).The Minister for Justice, Mr Michael Keenan, has announced that the consortium had been selected to deliver EMA’s professional development courses and workshops, school education program, knowledge management services and volunteer support. Why is it that when it comes to the “wicked problem” of bushfire, we have put uncertainty to one side for so long? The CRC arranged for the Commissioner of QFES, Katarina Carroll, to take part in a discussion that was recorded by the ABC Big Ideas program.
The first grant under our Quick Response Fund has been awarded, with the Fund aiming to help researchers gather important data from disaster-affected regions. A series of videos features end-users and researchers explaining various projects, what the CRC science is trying to achieve, and how it will benefit emergency services. Register now for AFAC16 powered by INTERSCHUTZ, the annual Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC and AFAC conference, and take advantage of the earlybird discount. Understanding people's sense of bushfire risk and connection to the landscape in which they live has helped researchers develop a visual mapping tool kit for working with residents of fire-prone areas. A case study on the 'Be Ready Warrandyte' initiative - a balance between enabling community-led projects to improve bushfire safety by sharing responsibility, without being 'too much' for what is a risk-averse sector. Combining traditional, local and Indigenous knowledge and practices with current science and research helps remote communities reduce the risk of disasters. Australian Emergency Management Knowledge Hub provides research, resources and news relevant to emergency management and includes statistics and information, photos, video and media about past disaster events. You can learn all about the Department of Emergency Services, read their publications and view the latest news and much more by visiting their website.
NOTE: The likelihood of a tsunami impacting upon our coastline is exceptionally remote, however, residents should be aware that if there is a tsunami alert you should move inland or to higher ground. There are things YOU can do to make sure you are prepared no matter where you are or how bad the weather.
Sandbags placed in appropriate locations around your home or business can reduce the impact of flooding.
And make sure you've got a plan for your pets - you might need to think about evacuating early. The State Government has produced an informative emotional preparedness factsheet to help deal with stress and worry which is available here.
An important message from the Queensland Fire and Rescue Service (QFRS): If you wish to report a bushfire or have any concerns about an existing bushfire, please call Triple Zero (000) not your local Rural Fire Brigade Controller or Warden. After understanding the weather patterns in your area, you can use our planning tool to prepare your home, pets, family and community for major weather events that lie ahead. Select the image at the left to navigate to the Harden Up website - A Green Cross Australia Project. Does everyone in your family understand the dangers of bushfire and how your plan will be put into action?
Get a permit to light a fire if it is needed (permits are required for any fire in excess of 2 metres in any direction) and comply with the permit’s conditions. Please visit the Get Ready Queensland website for safety tips and further information about preparing your emergency kit, emergency plan and tuning into warnings. The emergency warning signal is an audible signal that is broadcast on either television or radio. A cyclone warning is issued when strong or gale force winds become present and are likely to affect communities within 24 hours.
A cyclone watch is a notice that is given every 6 hours when there are indicators of strong or gale force winds that are expected to hit a community within 48 hours. Evacuation Transport - If you do not own a vehicle make arrangements for transport in case of evacuation. Valuable Items - Place all valuable is bags or containers (waterproof) and store them somewhere secure.
Residents across the Bundaberg Region, and especially those in floodplain locations, are now able to access flood mapping relating to their individual properties based on upstream flood gauge levels. A storm surge is a raised dome of sea water typically 60km to 80km across and 2 metres to 5 metres above the normal sea level. As a cyclone reaches the coast the huge winds whip up the sea and push the dome of water over low-lying coastal areas. The waves and sea water can move inland quite quickly, damaging buildings and cutting off escape routes.
A storm surge is not the same as a tidal wave (which is a towering wall of sea water which comes crashing into shore).

After becoming aware of a number of messages circulating throughout the Community regarding how to access emergency services within Australia, the National Triple Zero Awareness Work Group would like to clarify a the situation. The primary number to call for emergency assistance from any phone in Australia is Triple Zero (000) - unless you are hearing or speech impaired, in which case the number is 106.
This number will only work from certain mobile phones and is not available from fixed lines or payphones. This number connects to the text based relay service for people who are deaf or have a hearing or speech impairment.
The number is often heard on television, as many American shows are broadcast in Australia. For further information on how you can help spread this very important message please visit the Triple Zero website. As the next disaster season approaches it is vital we raise awareness of the steps Queenslanders can take to prepare for, withstand, respond to and recover from disaster events. LGAQ offer some information specifically aimed at children to assist them through what may well be a traumatic event for them. Jim Greenman, Senior Vice President of Bright Horizons Family Solutions in the US has written a helpful book on helping children cope with natural disaster and catostrophe, called What Happened to MY World?
Jim says together we have an obligation to raise and educate a generation of healthy, vibrant children who live in the world with confidence and wisdom, understand the natural world, and are committed to making the world a better place. Please download and print What Happened to MY World (double sided) as you may find it helpful for a member of your family or community. The Queensland Fire and Rescue Service has identified that photoelectric smoke alarms are the preferred technology and have created an information fact sheet to assist with this message.
Photoelectric smoke alarms give earlier warning of more types of fires, especially slow burning and smouldering fires, and are just as effective in detecting fires that are quick to develop flames and heavy smoke. The Queensland Fire and Rescue Service strongly recommends the installation of photoelectric smoke alarms and is requesting local governments help spread the word to their community members. WIN TV have put together this video as a lasting reminder of the floods that hit our region in December 2010 and January 2011. Former LGAQ President Cr Paul Bell speaks to football legend and Channel 7 personality Shane Webcke about the dedication and commitment of councils and council staff to their communities during the 2010-2011 natural disasters.
Cr Bell discusses the painstaking personal and professional decisions leaders must make to salvage their communities.
An After Hours Emergency Service is available by contacting 1300 883 699 outside normal hours of operation.
The Australian Institute of Emergency Services offers members of emergency service and affiliate organisations the opportunity to be a member of a professional body dedicated to the progression and recognition of the Emergency Service role in the community. The Institute aims to provide a professional body for the study of the roles and functions of Emergency Services and Emergency management Organisations throughout Australia, and the promotion and advancement of professional standards in these and associated services. We provide a voice for the Emergency Services, by speaking out on issues that affect our members and the community in general. Australian Emergency Management Institute offers a Volunteer Leadership Course conducted in partnership with the Australian Emergency Management Volunteer Forum.
The opportunity to be part of a progressive Australia wide Institute dedicated to the recognition and promotion of the Emergency Services in the community.
A journal with information from institutes and other sources around the world in addition to the interchange of views between Divisions in Australia. Reduced fees for members at Institute Seminars and Conferences and an information service supplied by professional experienced officers.
An opportunity to develop professional networks with other members of the emergency services. All members of the Australia and New Zealand emergency services and affiliated organisations are invited to apply for membership of the Institute.
The cost of membership is minimal; $60 yearly subscription and $30 initial joining fee, both of which are tax deductible for persons employed in an emergency management or counter disaster capacity. Chapters of the Institute are established in most States in Australia and membership of the Institute carries with it a professional post nominal.
Origin has a comprehensive and multi-layered approach to emergency and crisis management spanning all parts of the organisation, from operational sites up to the corporate head office. Origin has a comprehensive and multi-layered approach to emergency and crisis management spanning all parts of the organisation and all levels from operational sites up to the corporate head office.
Responsibilities and accountabilities for elements of planning, preparation and implementation are defined within the Origin Energy Crisis and Emergency Management Directive with mandatory compliance requirements assigned appropriately.

The approach is implemented through response planning which is broken into three tiers of Site Emergency Management Plans, Group Emergency Management Plans and the Crisis Management Plan.
This approach has been developed through an ongoing improvement process integrating industry-wide best practice, Australian Government guidance on Emergency Management requirements and formal peer reviews from industry partners. Group Emergency Management Plans (GEMP) – Each major business unit (consisting of Retail, Upstream, LNG, International Development and Generation) is required to have a GEMP. Crisis Management Plan (CMP) – The CMP provides for the delivery of high level support, advice and coordination of additional resources with the objective of supporting Site and Group emergency response efforts and determining appropriate strategic responses to protect our reputation and viability.
Legal requirements are included within GEMPs and the CMP, ensuring that regulatory notifications, record keeping, privacy issues and ASX announcements are incorporated into the management actions and applied appropriately.
Emergency Response plans are not generally available to the public due to security and confidentiality; however Site plans are reviewed and shared with relevant local emergency services. Minimum requirements for the training of all employees who hold a role within the Origin Energy Crisis and Emergency framework is specified within the Crisis and Emergency Management Directive. The Bachelor of Emergency Management aims to develop a practical as well as theoretical base for those people who have responsibilities in the field of Emergency Risk Management. Study at the School of Policing Studies and be working as a police officer in less than 1 year! Be inspired by some of our recent graduates as they share their experiences about studying Terrorism and Security Studies, Leadership and Management (Policing and Security) and the Associate Degree in Policing Practice at their CSU graduation day.
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It reflects the ongoing commitment by the Federal Government to supporting emergency management. A tsunami alert that requires evacuation can only be issued by the Officer in Charge of the Bundaberg Police District. Prepare an Emergency Plan for your household: know what hazards could effect you, such as flood, cyclone or bushfire and what actions you will take to ensure the safety of you and your loved ones and cherished possessions. Prepare your Emergency Kit and Evacuation Kit: make sure you include the items you'll need to stay safe and comfortable, including medicines, toiletries, baby food and cash.
Prepare your home: make sure you secure loose items in your yard, trim trees and keep your home well maintained. This signal would usually occur if the cyclone is a category 2 or stronger or if it is expected to hit a community within a 12 hour time frame. A warning will details where the cyclone is located, what the wind strengths are like and rainfall. A storm surge comes in like a rapidly rising tide but it can be extremely dangerous and destructive. For information on evacuation procedures and plans please contact Bundaberg Regional Council, Police or the State Emergency Service. In today's SMS savvy world, you will note the letter 'O' sites on the 6 key on most alpha-numeric keypads. Application forms, as well as details of the aims and objectives of the Institute are available on our membership page.
A copy of the plan must be available at all times both onsite and via the internal Origin network. These plans sit above the SERP and address and coordinate wider business unit activities required to respond to an event that encompass multiple sites or locations, or supports the site emergency response to an escalated event. These are focused on ensuring all components of the framework are functional and provide opportunities to identify improvements to plans and capabilities. Charles Sturt University (CSU) runs the Associate Degree in Policing Practice (ADPP) for the NSW Police Force. A cyclone warning is renewed every three hours with hourly warnings if the cyclone becomes a threat.
On the Harden Up website you can see 150 years of local severe weather history in your area.

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