From hurricanes to humanitarian disasters, join Josh and Andrew as we talk to people who have lived through the unexpected, been impacted by disasters and managed response and recovery to learn from their experiences. Dive deep with us as we explore resilience, volunteering and other facets of emergency management on Me, Myself and Disaster.
When a River Met a Nation – the Pakistan Floods
As Pakistan faces the impact of compounding flood disasters, Andrew and Josh speak with a leading researcher about the challenges of flood mitigation and recovery in the country
Dr Robert Glasser: On the Cusp of a Transformation
Driven by the severity and frequency of disasters, Australia is on the cusp of a transformation - according to Dr Robert Glasser. As the former Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction, Robert has travelled extensively and worked with Governments across the world, witnessing a siloed approach to climate risk and disaster risk. In Australia, Robert says the usual approach following a major disaster would be to call for an inquiry or Royal Commissioner, however the impact of cascading disaster events is forcing a rethink on our approach consider climate change and disaster risk more holistically.
In this episode, Andrew and Josh ask Robert how he rose to become one of the most senior figures in the United Nations, what more it will take to see real action on reducing disaster risk and the impact of climate change on our national security - given the risk facing our neighbours in the Pacific.
The Ignition that Inspired Action on Climate Change
It was 1994 and Greg Mullins was camping with his family, when the weather changed and he smelt smoke in the distance. What followed next were some of the most significant bushfires in the State’s history and a moment when the “penny dropped” for Greg that the climate was changing.
There’s no denying climate change is already impacting the way we plan for and respond to disasters. With disasters likely to become more frequent and intense, Josh and Andrew ask the question - what can we, as disaster professionals, do to make the world a safer place?
Former Commissioner of Fire + Rescue NSW Greg Mullins joins the show this week to discuss how he gathered former fire and emergency services chiefs together to lobby for action on emissions reduction and his experience witnessing first hand the impacts of climate change.
Greg has been fighting fires for more than 50 years with experience spanning many major disaster events including significant fires and earthquakes. In 2020 he chaired the The National Bushfire and Climate Summit following the Black Summer bushfires. In this episode, Greg discussed what more can be done to limit the impact of climate change, what we can expect to see in the future and what the Emergency Leaders for Climate Action are doing to bring attention to this issue.
James Davidson: Building Back with Resilience
As communities rebuild following recordi flooding in Australia, leading architect Dr James Davidson joins Andrew & Josh to discuss how to rebuild with resilience.
Ash Carl: On the Ground in Afghanistan - A Multi-Dimensional Crisis
When the troops left Afghanistan, a crisis continued for the millions of residents who call the country home. 90% of people have lost their income, people can't access adequate heating to survive the freezing winter temperatures and food and water is difficult to find. The country has experienced protracted drought conditions, punctuated by deadly flash floods. These challenges come at a time when the COVID-19 pandemic and issues at home have taken the media attention away from the humanitarian issues facing Afghanistan.
Ash Carl, Deputy Head of the UN International Organisation for Migration (IOM) in Afghanistan joins Andrew and Josh on the show to discuss what its like to be an Australian living in one of the most challenging places on earth supporting communities impacted by a multi dimensional crisis. Ash explains what steps can be taken to build greater resilience in such a complex environment and discusses gender, aid, building human capital and how our listeners can consider a role with the United Nations.
Join us as we head to Kabul and speak with Ash Carl on Australia's leading disaster podcast.
For better or worse, the impact of social media during disasters
Social media has redefined how we communicate, particularly during a disaster. In this episode Andrew & Josh speak to Colleen Hagerty and Mar Reddy-Hjelmfelt to understand the impact of social media during disasters. During this extended panel episode, we explore the impact of the recent US Senate hearing, the challenges with misinformation, and whether our guests believe social media has a net negative or positive impact on society. Join us as we dig through the details with two experts and provide advice for emergency managers to more effectively use social media when communicating with communities.