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January 2017 Communiqué

LAST CHANCE! Click here to complete a survey on LGBTI people’s experience of disaster and emergency management in Victoria. 
We’re also looking for LGBTI people willing to be interviewed about your experiences – before, during or after emergencies. For example, if you have had interactions (positive or negative) with emergency management personnel in preparing fire plans, or in other emergency contexts such as damaged homes or road blocks, or broad-scale disasters such as a bushfires or floods, please give us your thoughts. Contact Judy on 0488 589 740.

This research has been commissioned by the Department of Premier and Cabinet to ensure that emergency management in Victoria serves all communities.


Congratulations EMV!

In case you missed an historic tweet from the Emergency Services Commissioner, Craig Lapsley:

January AJEM

Keep an eye out for the first edition in 2017 of the Australian Journal of Emergency Management. Always challenging and stimulating, the forthcoming edition will feature an article about the Gender and Emergency Management Guidelines, and our current research for Dept. of Premier and Cabinet.


Current fires and domestic violence

As we see the damage from bushfires across Australia again this summer, keep in mind the increase in domestic and family violence that accompanies such threats. It’s easy to help. The Roadmaps page (funded by DHHS) explain more. Click here and look under the Domestic Violence heading. 
Or go straight to the GEM Guidelines Checklist here

Inspirational idea for engaging everyone in solutions!
Read about a new design competition in New York involving extensive consultation and a multidisciplinary approach - Rebuild By Design! Could have great application with our own resilience initiatives.

*Photo courtesy of the Guardian. 

National Climate Policy Review
Our colleagues at CAHA (Climate and Health Alliance) urge organisations or individuals to write submissions to the national climate policy reviewThis review is an important moment in national climate policy in Australia. CAHA may be available to provide assistance. Have a look at their website here:
Hot off the press from VCOSS is an article about resilience - Don't reinvent the wheel, just let the wheels turn. Well worth a read.

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