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Hazard Management and Emergency Planning by John Handmer, Dennis Parker

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CHAPTER 16

Emergency management in Australia: concepts and characteristics

JOHN HANDMER

 

Introduction

This chapter presents an overview of some of the key concepts and characteristics of Australian emergency planning and management. It does not attempt a comprehensive analysis or critical review. It aims to sketch out important elements. To do this it draws on some academic research, results of a recent workshop, government publications, and material of an anecdotal nature from volunteer members of emergency services.

Background

The physical threat

The most common natural hazard agents in Australia are floods, cyclones (hurricanes), severe storms, bushfires, drought, the various forms of land degradation, and earthquakes. The country also is ...

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