May 2021 Newsletter

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In this issue:

  • New RRANZ Masterclass series launched
  • what3words app offers more precise location reporting
  • Protecting heritage sites in a crisis
  • 10 years after bushfires - key understandings
  • Guide to disaster recovery capitals
  • Ten key tips for managing crisis and disruption
  • New journal launched
  • Upcoming conference
  • NZ's dark horse of disaster risk reduction legislation

New Masterclass series launched

Join us for these highly interactive virtual sessions to build your knowledge and capabilities as a leader in emergency management. The content will complement the RRANZ Part One and Part Two courses, but prior participation in one of these courses is not required. Each masterclass will run as two 3-hour sessions over two sequential afternoons

Pricing: $395 (exl GST) per Masterclass (includes all course materials).  RRANZ Alumini receive a 5% discount.

Read on below to see our upcoming masterclasses.

Response and recovery decision-making under pressure
11/12 August 2021

Learn how to build individual and team capability to make decisions under high pressure, stress, and uncertainty.

Leading in a multi-agency response and recovery environment
28/29 September 2021

Enhance your capability to mobilise and manage high functioning teams to operate effectively in disaster, crisis, and adversity.

Find out more and register online

what3words app offers more precise location reporting

What3words is now commonly used to report locations during emergencies.

Rather than relying on street addresses that don't always give a precise location, what3words has divided the world into 3 metre squares and given each square a unique combination of three words. Read more

Protecting heritage buildings in a crisis

Blue Shield is an international organisation working to protect cultural heritage in emergency situations. For those wanting to learn more about managing heritage sites during disaster recovery, the Australian Blue Shield website has a collection of useful resources. Check out the website

10 years after bushfires - key understandings

The 2009 bushfires represented one of Australia's major disasters. A recently released report summarises the findings from a study looking at the ongoing impacts of a major disaster experience and longer-term recovery. This is a great read for those working in the recovery space. Read the full report

Guide to disaster recovery capitals

Disaster recovery is complex and dynamic, with multiple factors influencing the recovery of people and communities.

Recovery capital resources (ReCap), an Australia-New Zealand collaborative research project, has developed a Guide to Recovery Capitals – a multidimensional, inclusive, and systemic guide to disaster recovery that emphasises the interconnected interactions between different areas of recovery, known as capitals. An Australian edition of the guide is available, with a New Zealand edition coming soon. Download the Guide to Disaster Recovery Capitals

Ten key tips for managing crisis and disruption

2021 marks the 10th anniversary of the February earthquake in Canterbury, NZ. Resilient Organisations have shared ten key lessons learned through their years of research and working with organisations to build their resilience post-earthquake. They draw on the data gathered from thousands of businesses impacted by the Canterbury earthquakes, by COVID-19, and other national and international disruptive events. The posts offer practical tips for organisations of all sizes navigating through crisis and disruption. View the posts

New journal launched

The Canadian Journal of Emergency Management (CJEM) is a new peer-reviewed open access journal for disaster and emergency management professionals. The first issue is available to download. Find out more

Upcoming conference

With a theme of working to build disaster-resilient nations, the Australia and New Zealand Disaster & Emergency Management Conference will bring together leaders on the Gold Coast, Australia this July. Early bird pricing for conference registrations ends on 4 June 2021. Read more

NZ's dark horse of disaster risk reduction legislation

Resilient Organisations, with funding from the Earthquake Commission (EQC) recently completed research investigating the role of the Health and Safety at Work Act (HSWA) in how New Zealand organisations manage earthquake risk. They found organisations were strongly driven to undertake earthquake risk reduction by both the HSWA and their concerns on how an earthquake might endanger their staff and customers. However, a lack of readily accessible information, along with a lack of time and money, means that many organisations don't actually implement activities to reduce their earthquake risk. Read more

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