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The Australasian Hazards Management Conference is run annually, alternating between locations in New Zealand and Australia.

The conference provides a forum to discuss the integration of hazard information into effective risk management, including:

- Applying hazard information to best practice planning
- Developing effective warning systems
- Improved response and recovery from events
- Creating resilient communities through integrating science into practice

Our target audience is: Emergency managers, planners, risk assessors, asset and utility managers, natural hazards researchers and scientists.

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[28 Jun 2009 | Comments Off | 7,535 views]

This page has different resources including websites with information for planning in schools, discussion of incidents with children and adults. This list will continue to be updated over time.
Talking About Disasters: Guide for Standard Messages (2004), USA

Since early 2002, the National Disaster Education Coalition has worked on reviewing and updating its “Talking About Disaster: Guide for Standard Messages.” The review process included extensive participation by more than 450 professionals, scientists, and researchers who contributed to the material. Representatives from NDEC participating agencies have spent numerous hours to refine and …

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EMERGENCY PROCEDURES Guidelines for Early Childhood Services

This publication arises from work on school safety and the 1992 handbook Emergency Procedures: Guidelines for Schools. It has been prepared by New Zealand’s Ministry of Civil Defence, in consultation with the Ministry of Education, the Early Childhood Development Unit, the New Zealand Fire Service and New Zealand Police.

Download Emergency_Procedures_For_Childhood_Services (PDF 388kb)

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Web-based Education Resources and Resources for a Website

If you or your agency is planning a hazards education-related website, we would recommend including material that we have included in Chapters 5-8 in particular.
In terms of what to include at a hazards specific website for schools, youth and families, we recommend in particular looking at material at the Federal Emergency Management Agency website, Disaster Education Coalition website and the New Zealand Civil Defence and Emergency Management websites.  The first two websites are already listed in Appendix 2 of the book.
The New Zealand Civil Defence website is http://www.mcdem.govt.nz/memwebsite.nsf
At that site, …

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Update on Orting Research

As discussed in Chapter 4, education and research continues in the Orting area.  A technical report has recently been completed:
Johnston, D.M., Ronan, K.R., Becker, J., Gregg, C., & Davis, M. (2005).  Children’s risk perceptions and preparedness:  Mount Rainier 2005 hazard education assessment  tabulated results.  Science Report (2005/029).  Gracefield (NZ): Institute of Geological and Nuclear Sciences.

If you would like more information on this program of research, or this publication, please send an email through this website or contact Kevin Ronan at k.ronan@cqu.edu.au

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Research on Hazards Education

If you are thinking about or planning research in the area of children and family preparedness, response and recovery from hazardous events, we are available for free consultation to help that research get off the ground.
Not only is our advice free, but we can also make available a measure that we have used in previous research that assesses preparedness in children and youth, preparedness at home, knowledge, risk perceptions and other factors that we discuss in the book.
We had originally intended to put this measure here directly at the website …

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Articles examining the links between environmental hazards and migration, available free for downloading at these links:
http://www.springerlink.com/content/q2114507m6703671/
http://www.springerlink.com/content/p1pgnk1epjy66ta4/

Hazards education in a community context:
Karanci, A. N., Aksit, B., & Dirik, G. (2005).  Impact of a community disaster awareness training program in Turkey: Does it influence hazard-related cognitions and preparedness behaviors.  Social Behavior and Personality, 33(3), 243-258.
Relationship between accuracy about one’s “risk area” and evacuation:
Arlikatti, S., Lindell, M.K., Prater, C. S., & Zhang, Y. (2006).  Risk area accuracy and hurricane evacuation expectations of coastal residents.  Environment and Behavior, 38(2), 226-247.
Risk in adolescent decision-making and …

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Promoting Community Resilience in Disasters

The role for schools, youth, and families
Kevin R. Ronan, Central Queensland University.
David M. Johnston, Institute of Geological & Nuclear Sciences.
When large-scale disasters occur, they typically strike without warning – regardless of whether the cause is natural, such as a tsunami or earthquake, or humanmade, such as a terrorist attack. And immediately following a hazardous event or mass violence, two of the most vulnerable groups at risk are a community’s children and their family members.

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Promoting Community Resilience In Disasters

When large-scale disasters occur, they typically strike without warning – regardless of whether the cause is natural, such as a tsunami or earthquake, or humanmade, such as a terrorist attack. And immediately following a hazardous event or mass violence, two of the most vulnerable groups at risk are a community’s children and their family members. Promoting Community Resilience in Disasters offers both clinicians and researchers guidance on hazard preparation efforts as well as early response and intervention practices. It emphasizes an evidenceand prevention-based approach that is geared toward readiness, response, and recovery phases of natural and human-made disasters,