September 2021 newsletter

Kia ora koutou

In this issue:

Facilitating successful debriefs masterclass

28/29 October 2021

The latest offering in our masterclass series is for anyone responsible for conducting debriefs during an event and/or post event, as well as those involved with organisational learning and development for emergency operations.

Learn new strategies and techniques to develop your capability to facilitate an effective debrief.

Other upcoming masterclasses 2021 and 2022

We have added some additional masterclasses for early 2022 and registration is now open for these. There are also a few spaces remaining in our 2021 masterclasses - check the website for more details.

Find out more and register online

Upcoming RRANZ courses 2021 and 2022

There are still spaces on our remaining courses in 2021, including our November 2021 face-to-face course being held in Wellington.
4 October 2021 22 Nov 2021
31 January 2022 February 2022 (dates TBC)
2 May 2022 4 April 2022
20 June 2022 22 August 2022
5 September 2022 21 November 2022
22 Nov 2021
Check out the RRANZ website for more information and to apply online.


What might our world be like after COVID-19?

Allianz Partners have published a report looking at how personal mobility, travel, the home, and healthcare may evolve after COVID-19. The findings include:

  • Home: our home will no longer be a place to spend just evenings and weekends, it will become a multi-functional digital fortress.
  • Health: digital health technology will become the norm, including teleconsultation, encouraging rapid adoption of wearable health technologies.
  • Personal mobility: road travel will return to normal levels; major cities around the world will continue reorganizing infrastructure to encourage the use of micro-mobility.
  • Travel: rigorous sanitation measures will be adopted throughout the leisure and tourism industry and leisure air travel is likely to return to pre-COVID levels only after a few years.

Read the full report >

COVID-19 lessons learned

Breakthrough ACTION, a global organisation working on social and behavior change for family planning/ reproductive health, malaria, HIV, and other health issues, have shared their lessons learned from their response to the COVID-19 crisis. While continuing their work addressing health areas, they also responded to the pandemic, implementing activities in 22 countries by June 2020.  Read the article >

COVID-19: Engaging marginalised and vulnerable people

The Regional Risk Communication and Community Engagement (RCCE) Working Group is an inter-agency coordination platform established to provide technical support on risk communication and community engagement to COVID-19 preparedness and response in Asia and the Pacific. They have written an interesting report on engaging marginalised and vulnerable people in a crisis setting, with specific action points on how to include different groups. Read the report >

New documentary series on warnings and communications

The Australian Institute for Disaster Recovery (AIDR) has contributed to a new documentary series focused on research related to warnings, public information campaigns, and recovery.It follows communications and engagement practitioners from different sectors as they meet researchers and learn how they can apply this knowledge to their own work. The series is structured around three themes - Preparedness, Response and Recovery - and includes topics such as child-centred disaster risk reduction, managing animals in disasters, effective risk and warning communication during natural hazards, flood risk communication, and understanding and using Recovery Capitals research.

The documentary series is available on the AIDR Knowledge Hub as a companion tool to AIDR Handbooks.

Community-led recovery

Also from AIDR, is this handy graphic outlining the journey to community-led recovery. It is available as an A3 poster from the AIDR Knowledge Hub.

And finally, laughter is a powerful antidote for stress.

According to the Mayo Clinic, laugher induces physical changes in your body including the enhancement of your intake of oxygen. Hopefully one of these triggers your laugh response.

What is an earthquake’s favourite song?   Shake, Rattle, and Roll!

People always say "why weren't we able to predict a disaster as big as the coronavirus?"   But not everyone has 2020 vision.

I ate a bunch of Scrabble tiles. I went to the doctor and he said:  "Your next trip to the bathroom could spell disaster."

(thanks to

Kia kaha
The RRANZ Team

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