Building resilience through non-traditional emergency management volunteering.
Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC (2013-2017)
Given dwindling numbers of traditional volunteers within the Emergency Management sector workforce in recent years, it is likely that non-traditional volunteers will provide the bulk of the additional surge capacity needed to deal with the more frequent natural hazard events occurring under climate change.
There is a significant and largely untapped opportunity for state emergency management agencies to contribute to building community resilience to natural hazards by supporting and engaging with non-traditional emergency volunteers – and volunteering organisations in new ways.
This three year project will investigate what the emergency management sector in Australia and New Zealand can do to best promote resilience through the support of non-traditional emergency management (EM) volunteering. It will use a co-production design, in which research and stakeholder partners plan, carry out, and evaluate the research collaboratively.
- John Handmer
- Blythe McLennan
- Joshua Whittaker