Resilience to Hazards

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This project was completed with the support of the CRC's funding for quick response. Heatwaves are Australia’s most deadly form of natural hazard, however, communities and institutions have often underestimated their impacts. Though there has been research performed on the health impacts of heatwaves in Australia, little focus has been given to the impacts on businesses and the direct financial costs of heatwaves.

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Heatwaves are Australia’s most deadly form of natural hazard, however, communities and institutions have often underestimated their impacts. Though there has been research performed on the health impacts of heatwaves in Australia, little focus has been given to the impacts on businesses and the direct financial costs of heatwaves. NSW has been impacted by a series of heatwaves since the commencement of 2017.

The CRC and Bureau of Meteorology recently provided funding towards a survey of households to identify the impacts on residents and the effectiveness of heatwave warnings, which aimed to identify the impacts of recent heatwave conditions on NSW businesses and how businesses are utilising heatwave warnings and forecasts.

Read the final report from this project here.

Heatwaves caused the deaths of more Australians than any other natural hazard. Photo credit: Alex Proimos (CC-BY-NC 2.0)
11 January, 2018
Sydney was the hottest city on earth on 7 January 2018 when it reached 47.3°C. However heatwaves in Australia, including catastrophic ones, are not new.

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