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Suellen Flint
End User Rep


Lead end user

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.
This project will develop a 'broad brush-stroke' national picture of vulnerability and values at risk to bushfire and natural hazards at the institutional scale.
Research team:
This project will develop an index of the current state of disaster resilience in Australian communities – the Australian Natural Disaster Resilience Index.
To meet the needs of fire and emergency managers in northern Australia, this project is establishing training units that meet the requirements of emergency management in the north.
This project was commissioned and funded entirely by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services, WA. Resident experiences from the January 2014 Parkerville bushfire in Western Australia have been analysed in two reports for the Department of Fire and Emergency Services, WA.

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