An analysis of human fatalities and building losses from natural disasters: annual project report 2016-17
|Title||An analysis of human fatalities and building losses from natural disasters: annual project report 2016-17|
|Year of Publication||2017|
|Authors||Haynes, K, Coates, L, Gissing, A|
|Institution||Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC|
Measuring and understanding the impacts of natural hazards in terms of the toll of human life and building damage is a fundamental first step to enabling efficient and strategic risk reduction. By taking a scientific approach to the collection and analysis of accurate information and intelligence, governments, agencies and the wider community are better positioned to reduce disaster risks.
Specifically, the project has provided a longitudinal analysis of the social and environmental circumstances that led to fatalities in order to examine trends over time in terms of exposure and vulnerability. These trends have been interpreted in the context of emerging issues, and how these issues might influence vulnerability and exposure trends in the future. The project has provided an analysis of building damage by hazard and state/territory due to natural hazards.
The outcomes of this project will inform a wide-range of emergency management and government end users to advise on and update policy, practice and resource allocation. Already it has been utilized by NSW and Victoria State Emergency Services to inform education campaigns.