Oceania-Canberra, Australia- Role Model in Organizational Capacity for Making Cities Resilient
Hazard and vulnerability profile
January 2003 - Temperatures in the 40 degree Celsius range, strong winds and lightning strikes resulted in the most destructive fires the ACT has experienced.
Disaster Risk Reduction Activities
Progress and achievements –
l Since the firestorm of January 2003, the ACT Government has undertaken significant reform and substantial investment to protect our city from bushfires.
l Recommendations made by the coronial inquiry into the January 2003 bushfires have been or are in the process of being implemented. These recommendations have considerably strengthened the ACT’s capacity to withstand and recover from serious emergencies including bushfires in the future. The ACT Government has committed to expend considerable sums of money on improving the operational capability of emergency service organisations. For example, the establishment of the new ESA Headquarters at Fairbairn and the Emergency Services Training Complex at Hume.
l The ACT Government is committed to the continued improvement of emergency services in the ACT, including provision of the latest bushfire-fighting equipment and technology. In addition, by enhancing bushfire prevention and mitigation through early identification and response systems, reduction of ignitions, provision of education and awareness programs, early planning for new development, expanded practical help to residents in bushfire-prone areas, support for volunteers and regional cooperative arrangements.
l The ACT Government participates in several national committees related to the National Strategy for Disaster Reduction (NSDR), including the National Emergency Management Committee (NEMC) and chairing the Recovery Sub-Committee (RSC).
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