This project was commissioned and funded entirely by the New South Wales Rural Fire Service.
In October 2013, bushfires swept across parts of New South Wales, leaving a trail of destruction and loss. Following the fires, the NSW Rural Fire Service commissioned both the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC and the Bushfire CRC to coordinate a field research task force, conducting community-focused research with a number of communities hit hard by the bushfires in the Blue Mountains, Southern Highlands and Port Stephens. The aim was to understand how people prepared for and reacted to these disasters and assist future development of emergency management responses, community education and public safety initiatives.
This research had two separate – but interconnected – components:
- a series of interviews with residents in a number of fire impacted communities, and
- an online survey (also targeted to those communities but open more broadly to fire impacted areas in NSW).
|2017||Journal Article||On the concept of denial of natural hazard risk and its use in relation to householder wildfire safety in Australia. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction 21, 176-186 (2017).|
|2016||Journal Article||Into the firing line: civilian ingress during the 2013 “Red October” bushfires, Australia. Natural Hazards 80, 521-538 (2016).|
|2015||Journal Article||Fire, water and everyday life: Bushfire and household defence in a changing climate. Fire Safety 78, 102-110 (2015).|
|2014||Report||Community Understanding and Awareness of Bushfire Safety: October 2013 Bushfires - Part 2. (2014).|
|2014||Report||Community Understanding and Awareness of Bushfire Safety: October 2013 Bushfires - Part 1. (2014).|
|2014||Report||Community Understanding and Awareness of Bushfire Safety: October 2013 Bushfires - Overview. (2014).|