Participating organisations

The NSW State Emergency Service (SES) is an emergency and rescue service dedicated to assisting the community. It is made up almost entirely of volunteers, with 229 units located throughout New South Wales. The units comprise of approximately 10,000 volunteer members. While its major responsibilities are for flood and storm operations, the SES also provides the majority of general rescue effort in the rural parts of the state. This includes road accident rescue, vertical rescue, bush search and rescue, evidence searches and other forms of specialist rescue.

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Child-centred disaster risk reduction

Flood risk communication

Managing animals in disasters: improving preparedness, response, and resilience through individual and organisational collaboration

An analysis of building losses and human fatalities from natural disasters

Using realistic disaster scenario analysis to understand natural hazard impacts and emergency management requirements

Forecasting impact for severe weather

Diversity and inclusion: building strength and capability

Catastrophic and cascading events: planning and capability

Improving the retention and engagement of volunteers in emergency service agencies

Developing better predictions for extreme water levels

Out of uniform: building community resilience through non-traditional emergency volunteering

Enabling sustainable emergency volunteering

Improving flood forecast skill using remote sensing data

Improved predictions of severe weather to reduce community impact

The Australian Natural Disaster Resilience Index: A system for assessing the resilience of Australian communities to natural hazards

Community understanding of the tsunami risk and warnings systems in Australian communities

Effective risk and warning communication during natural hazards

Why do people decide to drive through floodwater? Utilizing virtual reality to assess motivations and behaviour associated with driving through floodwater

Improving the role of hazard communications in increasing residents’ preparedness and response planning

A cross cultural investigation of child-centred disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation in Indonesia and Australia

Cost-effective mitigation strategy for building related earthquake risk

Cost-effective mitigation strategy for flood prone buildings

Enhancing resilience of critical road infrastructure

Improving the resilience of existing housing to severe wind events

Natural hazard exposure information modelling framework

Improving decision-making in complex multi-team environments

Capability needs for emergency & disaster management organisations

National mental health and wellbeing study of police and emergency services

Valuing volunteers: reconciling volunteer expectations and experiences in emergency services

All the resources from our 2016 conference

Research program in detail

Where, why and how are Australians dying in floods?

2015-2016 year in review

Bushfire planning with kids ebook