ERSA Chairman and Principal Risk Scientist, Ken Granger, presented a paper titled Emergency Risk Management in Australia and the Pacific: Information, Policy and Governance to the Australia and New Zealand Disaster & Emergency Risk Management (ANZDERM) Conference on 4-5 May 2014. The Conference was held on Queensland’s Gold Coast, Ausralia.
The past two decades have seen significant changes in the way that emergencies are managed, both within Australia and internationally. This is largely because of the impetus provided by the research and analysis undertaken during the United Nations-sponsored International Decade for Natural Disaster Reduction (IDNDR – 1990-2000) that gave rise to the 2005 Hyogo Framework for Action 2005-2015: building the resilience of nations and communities to disasters (ISDR, 2007). This was also a period of significant disaster events both within Australia and across the Indo-Pacific region, including major bushfires, floods, earthquakes, tsunami, cyclones and volcanic eruptions, which brought into sharp focus the need for a stronger emphasis on mitigation and disaster risk reduction.
The paper explores the critical linkages between information, emergency risk assessment and risk audit procedures in the development of emergency risk management policy, procedures and governance. It addresses these issues both in Australia and in Pacific Island Countries.
ERSA Director Mikila Rosewall and ERSA associate Flo Bridger co-authored the paper.