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Andrew Richards
End User Rep


Lead end user

Disaster education for children is a key priority in reducing the impacts of natural hazards. The child-centred disaster risk reduction (CC-DRR) approach is becoming increasingly popular, but rigorous empirical research on efficacy and implementation is scarce. This project is developing a research program to chart CC-DRR progress and identify policy-practice-research gaps and challenges. Key project objectives are:

• Understanding if CC-DRR programs are effective.

• Ensuring programs are stakeholder supported and evidence-based.

• Understanding if programs produce cost-effective outcomes and are able to be scaled up sustainably at schools, at the community level and in emergency management policy.

Concern for animals can impact on people’s decision-making and behaviour during natural disasters – sometimes risking lives. There has been little research in this area to guide policy development and training needs. This project is leveraging current initiatives, programs and research on prevention and preparedness by providing complementary research on the impact of animals on response and recovery, both for the community and responders.
This project will identify barriers and enablers in residents’ decision making, preparing, and planning with regard to natural hazards.
Community members experiencing natural disasters often do not comply with official government instructions during the response and recovery phases. Consequences of this can include obstructing the emergency response and putting lives at risk. This project is developing and testing emergency warning messages to establish which message framing best achieves compliance.
The eastern Australian coastline faces some 8000km of active tectonic plate boundary that is capable of generating a tsunami that could reach Australia in two to four hours. This makes it imperative that coastal communities understand and can respond effectively to the Australian Tsunami Warning System. Activation of this warning system could result in warning times ranging from 90 minutes to three hours. Warning times of these durations could leave insufficient time for people to implement their emergency plan (e.g., to prepare their property, plan an evacuation etc.) on receipt of a warning. This project is researching key aspects of community response capability.
Research team:
This project will develop an index of the current state of disaster resilience in Australian communities – the Australian Natural Disaster Resilience Index.
This project, currently under development, will begin on 1 July 2017. It will develop an understanding of the motivations, beliefs, decision making processes and information needs of at-risk groups for flood fatalities. It will cover both age and gender, including an understanding of what a Plan B would look like, how to motivate proactive decision making ahead of the journey, what the current challenges and barriers are to this and what further support and information is needed. Outcomes will include targeted risk communication materials.

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Presentation-Audio-Video 15 Sep 2015 Communications and Warnings Save (0 bytes) communication, multi-hazard, warnings

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