Bushfires

The Australian 2019/2020 bushfire season has been unprecedented in its intensity and geographical spread. Following the fires, Chris has spent some time working as a Bushfire Recovery Adviser (BRA) for a major church body operating across Victoria, this involving him visiting and supporting affected communities in the east of Victoria.  Follow the link below for Chris’ role as a BRA.

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Enclosed below are links to both a useful bushfire-related Bibliography, and a separate Agency Directory.

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In January 2020 Chris prepared an article on the bushfires for the March 2020 edition of the Geography Teachers Association of Victoria’s (GTAV) quarterly ‘Interaction’ magazine.  This includes some suggested Classroom Activities for Secondary level students.  This gives a good overview of the Emergency Response Stage of the bushfires; some comments on the recovery challenges throughout 2020, this complicated by COVID-19; and some thoughts on future Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) initiatives, these including some related to climate change.

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Finally the reader should note the TorqAid online acccredited Participatory Disaster Risk Management (PDRM) program, which is running from the 27th July through to the 8th November 2020. There are five modules relating to this, with the 2019/2020 Australian bushfires being a major case study at the end of the first module (Key DRM Issues & Diagrams). Follow the link below for this PDRM program.

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