This edition of the Australian Journal of Emergency Management focuses on disaster management and disaster recovery, with articles particularly on disaster management for vulnerable groups including children, the deaf community and people with physical disabilities.


The average rainfall for the first two weeks of July in England was 6mm, while only 15mm fell throughout all of June, according to the UK’s Environment Agency. To give some idea of how low this is, the definition of a desert is a place with an average rainfall of 21mm per month.


Disasters have a disproportionate impact on people with disabilities, who are at higher risk of death, injury and loss of property. Although the rights and needs of people with disabilities in disasters are increasingly being addressed through policies, standards and guidelines, much more needs to be done to remove the barriers to their inclusion in disaster risk reduction (DRR) and response.


Homes built haphazardly among the pines, no evacuation plan, poorly organised emergency services hit hard by austerity: the deadly wildfires around Athens this week may have shocked Greece but few environment experts are surprised.

The pursuit of sustainable development and climate adaptation is increasing the demand for weather, climate, and water information and services to help protect lives and livelihoods from hydrometeorological hazards and optimize weather sensitive sectoral production. The core business of hydrological services is the provision of information about the water cycle and the status and trends of a country’s water resources. Most typically, this focuses on assessing water resources, including drought monitoring and outlooks and flood forecasting and warnings.
This report provides the first systematic review of national climate change impact, vulnerability and risk (CCIV) assessments across Europe. It is based on information and reflections reported from and authorised by EEA member countries on assessments that are multi-sectoral and cover the whole country. The purpose of the report is to share experiences and knowledge and to highlight approaches and practical solutions that countries have used to produce and present their assessments.