November 2020 Newsletter

Kia ora koutou

In this issue:

  • The need for effective emergency response is unlikely to reduce
  • Communicating risk across the disaster lifecycle
  • New Emergency planning handbook 
  • Governance in crisis
  • Learning from other disasters
  • Australasian Women in Emergency Networks
  • Other interesting reading

The need for effective emergency response will continue

A newly released UNISDR report illustrates the continued importance of effective emergency response capability.

7,348 major disaster events were recorded between 2000 and 2019, compared with 4,212 between 1980 and 1999.

Read more


Communicating risk across the disaster lifecycle

A new report from the highly respected Colorado Natural Hazards Centre provides evidence-based recommendations for effectively communicating risk across the disaster lifecycle.

It synthesises them into three overarching principles:

  1. Communicate through familiar and trusted messengers (pages 5-11).
  2. Provide clear, actionable information (pages 12-17).
  3. Tailor message and information pathways for target audiences (pages 18-23).

Download the full report (PDF)

Emergency planning handbook

RRANZ consortium member David Parsons is the lead author of a new Emergency Planning Handbook. While written for an Australian audience, much of the content is relevant to the NZ context.

It emphasises the need for using a project management approach and planning across the Risk Reduction, Readiness, Response, and Recovery continuum.

Download the handbook (PDF)

Governance in crisis

For many organisations, the role of their board, elected members, and senior staff in a crisis is not clear.  This can create uncertainty, slow the response, deepen the crisis, and make everyone’s job harder.

RRANZ consortium partner, Resilient Organisations interviewed chairs, board members, and chief executives from public and private sector organisations who have led through numerous crises, to create a practical guide for boards and CEOS.

Download the key findings report (PDF)

Learning from other disasters

RRANZ Consortium member, Dr Christine Owen was called to give evidence as an expert witness at the Royal Commission into National Natural Disaster Arrangements in Australia. This hearing focused on national coordination, including situational awareness, decision-making, resource sharing, and response to COVID-19.

View the transcript

Australasian Women in Emergencies Network

This network promotes, supports and recognises the contributions of women in emergency management and disaster resilience across Australasia and includes a NZ chapter.

Membership is free and open to anyone who is interested in, has experience, works, or volunteers in or studies emergencies and disaster resilience.

Find out more

Other interesting reading

HAZNET, The Magazine of the Canadian Risks and Hazards Network

Australian Journal of Emergency Management

Spaces available in upcoming RRANZ courses

Register now for Tier One Part 1 courses commencing February 2021.

We have had great feedback from the cohorts who recently completed Tier One Part 1 and are looking forward to our first 2020 face-to-face course taking place in Wellington later this month.

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