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M-Learning During Emergencies, Disasters, and Catastrophes

An Australian Story

Julie A. Willems

It was Saturday 7 February 2009. The bushland in the southerly state of Victoria, Australia, was tinder-dry following an extended drought. As the day progressed, the mercury quickly reached the predicted extreme of 47° Celsius (117° Fahrenheit) – hot even by Australian-summer standards – accompanied by gale-force winds from the north west. Of the 316 grass and bushfires reported to be burning across the state that day, 15 were noted as fires of concern: fires that had either caused, or had the potential to cause, the greatest damage (Parliament of Victoria, 2010). Some of these fires were caused by natural events such as lightning strikes (Australian ...

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