RF in the Spotlight

Australia’s ‘deadliest natural hazard’: What’s your heatwave plan?

This article by Andrew Gissing and Lucinda Coates was published on

“Heatwaves are Australia’s deadliest natural hazard, but a recent survey has found that many vulnerable people do not have plans to cope with extreme heat.

Working with the Bushfire and Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre and the Bureau of Meteorology, my colleagues and I surveyed 250 residents and 60 business managers in Western Sydney and the NSW North Coast.”

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Amri, A., Bird, D. K., Ronan, K., Haynes, K., and Towers, B.  Disaster risk reduction education in Indonesia: challenges  and recommendations for scaling upNat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 17, 595-612, doi:10.5194/nhess-17-595-2017, 2017.

Amri, A. (2015). Challenges in implementing disaster risk reduction education: Views from the frontline in Indonesia. Macquarie University Sydney.

Blong, R., Enright, N., Grasso, P., Preservation of thin tephra.  Journal of Applied Volcanology.


Newsletter Volume17 Issue4
August 2018

  • Is the forward motion of tropical cyclones in the Australian region slowing due to anthropogenic climate change?
  • Risk Frontiers’ seminar series 2018
  • QuakeAUS 6.0

Newsletter Volume17 Issue3
May 2018

  • The new QuakeAUS: impact of revised GA earthquake magnitudes on hazards and losses
  • Tathra 2018 Bushfires

Newsletter Volume 17 Issue2
January 2018

  • Weather-related natural disasters 2017: was this a reversion to the mean?
  • The Hawaii nuclear alert: how did people respond?
  • Risk Frontiers’ Multi-Peril Workbench 2.4 has now been released

Newsletter Volume 17 Issue1
August 2017

  • A Natural Hazard Building Loss Profile for Australia: 1900-2015
  • Risk Frontiers’ Annual Seminar: A Provisional Programme
  • Weather-related Natural Disasters: Should we be concerned about a reversion to the mean?