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Hello The Emergency Media & Public Affairs Conference, at the Sebel Albert Park, Melbourne on 6 th – 8 th May 2012 will again be the prime forum in Australasia for emergency and disaster communicators. The program is now on the website www.emergencymedia.org.au You can download the latest EMPA Conference flyer at: http://www.emergencymedia.org/...
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EMPA day 1 – an overview

Hi all, Well it's been a long and busy day here in Canberra for day one of the Emergency Media and Public Affairs conference for 2011. The day was a more casual approach, a workshop run in the 'world cafe' style. For those of you not familiar with world cafe (which was most of us!), the aim is to spilt into tables and have the level of discussion y...
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EMPA is nearly here!

Hi all, Well, we're nearly there! The Emergency Media and Public Affairs conference kicks off Sunday in Canberra with a world cafe workshop, facilitated by Anne Leadbeater , with papers being presented through Monday and Tuesday. I'm really looking forward to it. I'd like to thank Denis , Kristin , Susan , Simon , Axel , Steve and Anne who have pos...
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Guest post: Anne Leadbeater – Experiences from Cyclone Yasi

I recently had the fabulous opportunity to be part of a group of 14 Victorian public service staff from across government deployed for two weeks to work with the Queensland Department of Communities on cyclone recovery. Working as part of Department of Communities' Needs Assessment Teams, we were based in Cairns and travelled each day to the cyclon...
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Asia-Pacific’s Annus Horribilis

An interesting analysis and discussion of the recent events and approaches to crisis readiness http://the-diplomat.com/2011/04/06/asia-pacific's-annus-horribilis/ Peter Rekers Crisis Ready/EMPA
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Guest blog post: Steve Ahern – collaboration in the real world

As a broadcaster and broadcast trainer, who has been drawn into the sphere of emergency media only recently, I know there are many more people who know much more than me about it. Kristin's blog puts her in a very special position to comment from the viewpoint of a practitioner and also a recent victim of disaster. I agree totally with her points a...
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Guest blog post: Dr Axel Bruns – social media and emergencies

From the Queensland floods to the Christchurch earthquake and the tsunami in Japan, the major disasters which we've already experienced during these first few months of 2011 have already demonstrated that social media has now found a place in emergency management. Social media is not replacing existing media, of course, but providing an important a...
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Guest blog post: Simon Kelly – Queensland Police Service social media use

The world has changed post floods and cyclones. The devastation was tragic and widespread throughout Queensland, with many communities still trying to recover. The impact for the Queensland Police Service (QPS) Media and Public Affairs Branch has also been significant. Our use of social media during these crises has been well documented, but what h...
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Guest blog post: Dr Susan Nicholls – the resilient community and communications practice

Hi all, Susan here, on a grey, cool day in Canberra, very autumnal. I'm looking forward to the conference, meeting everyone and listening to what I know will be a stimulating and rewarding set of papers. My paper is about resilience, and arises out of my connection with an organisation called Australia21 and my research interest in community recove...
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