Entries by Chris Piper

Bushfires Agency Directory

Enclosed below is an agency directory, particularly for some key organisations involved in the Recovery Stage of the 2019/2020 Australian bushfires scenario.  This has been updated as at June 2020.

GTAV bushfire article

This is a copy of the bushfire-related article entitled ‘ Bushfires:  Is the 2019/2020 bushfire season a portent for the future?’, which Chris wrote in January 2020 for the March 2020 edition of the Geography Teachers Association of Victoria (GTAV)’s quareterly magazine ‘Interaction’.  The GTAV link to this is https://www.gtav.asn.au/resources/interaction-current-issues, but this article can also […]

May Update

The TorqAid May Monthly update includes material on the forthcoming online PDRM program (see also this page); the DRM diagrammatic Framework; the TorqAid Toolkit; and articles on Australian bushfires and COVID-19.

online pdrm registration

Follow the link below for the Registration Form in word, which should be completed for the online Participatory Disaster Risk Management (PDRM) program.  This runs from the 27th July through to the 8th November 2020. Note that the brochure for this online PDRM can also be accessed from the link below.

online pdrm assignment

Follow this link for the assignment details for the online Participatory Disaster Risk Management Program (PDRM) which is being facilitated from the 27th July through to the 8th November 2020. Follow the link below if you’d also like to accss the brochure for this online PDRM program.

Online PDRM program

The revised online accredited Participatory Disaster Risk Management (PDRM) program has five optional modules, namely Key DRM Issues & Diagrams; Participatory Tools, Project Management & Teaching Tips; Risk Management; Complex Emergencies, Conflict-related Situations, and Pandemics (ie COVID-19); and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) & Climate Change. The PDRM runs from the 27th July through to the 8th November.

Bushfire CRV training

Currently Chris, working as the Baptist Union of Victoria (BUV)s Bushfire Recovery Adviser (BRA) is working with the BUV and the Baptist Unions in NSW & ACT to develop a practical training program for their bushfire-related Community Recovery Volunteers (CRVs).  These are people selected and trained up to provide ongoing informal support for bushfire-affected families […]


This page post on the Coronavirus COVID-19 Pandemic includes a ‘one-pager’ (version # 8). It includes links to the Australian Government, the Australian Federal Government’s Department of Health, the Victorian Government’s Department of Health & Human Servces (DHHS), and the ABC. It also includes the latest global information as produced by the WHO, John Hopkins University (JHU), the BBC, Our World in Data, and (for vulnerable countries), ACAPS. It also highlights the assignment questions in the TorqAid online PDRM which include elements of COVID-19

Bushfires Bibliography

Enclosed is a bibliography, updated in June 2020, which includes some key references to the Australian 2019/20 bushfire sesason.  These include a few essential background readings related to climate change generally.

TorqAid Update

TorqAid produces a Monthly Update, which is sent to over 500 subscribers. Enclosed here is the January 2020 Update which includes material on the latest versions of the TorqAid Toolkit and Disaster Risk Management (DRM) Framework, as well as a post/blog on Bushfires.