I am the National Resilience Adviser for Red Cross in Australia, responsible for policy and practice advice relating to disaster resilience. I also contribute to strategy development and government engagement at the national level. I am also an Honorary Fellow of the University of Melbourne as part of the Beyond Bushfires Research Team. (www.beyondbushfires.org.au) I have extensive policy and operational experience in preparedness and recovery over the past 17 years, both nationally and internationally, being involved in, amongst other things, the Bali Bombings 2002, Alpine Fires in Victoria 2003 and 2006, Hurricane Katrina 2005, Black Saturday 2009, and the Queensland Floods 2011. I blog at http://sastrugi64.wordpress.com/ on disaster related stuff
The Recovery Capitals (ReCap) project applies a Community Capitals lens to disaster recovery to increase understanding about the interacting influences of social, built, financial, political, human, cultural and natural capital on wellbeing outcomes....
A five year study that Australian Red Cross has been partnering in, with the University of Melbourne, has been finalised. The study examined the long term effects of health effects of the impacts of the bushfires,a nd had over 1000 participants Five...
The Red Cross has been involved in driving a new Australian Business Roundtable for Disaster Resilience report, focusing on determining the economic costs of the social impacts of disaster. The report found that the social costs are higher than the t...
A video of people’s stories on the things that are important to them, used for community education Being prepared
Assessment or evaluation
A review of the Australian Red Cross, Emergency Rediplan suite of household preparedness materials
Beyond the Blanket: The role of not for profits and non traditional stakeholders in emergency management
The report of the Second REd Cross National Disaster Resilience Roundtable, focusing on the role of not for profits in emergency management.
A paper presented to the Australia and New Zealand Disaster Management Conference in May 2014 on the development of four disaster resilience capacities: wellbeing, knowledge, security and connection. Aim of the paper: This paper suggests a number of...
A basic tool designed for volunteers to determie where they will target their community preparedness activities
All hazard Preparedness Lesson Plans aimed at educators working with children from early childhood through to 18 years old, focussing on lessons to assist children and teenagers to prepare for all the consequences of emergencies. Download free copies...