Emergency Management Volunteers

A key component of the National Volunteering Conference 2018 will be a specific stream on emergency management. While this is different from the earlier stand-alone events, we will again be taking the opportunity to focus on current challenges and future opportunities for the emergency management volunteer sector, with a particular focus on the way ahead. In addition, it will provide a great opportunity for attendees to engage in sessions across a breadth of volunteering issues, and will allow people from a diverse range of backgrounds with the opportunity to contribute to broad emergency management discussions.

Setting the agenda for the emergency management stream will be Judy Esmond’s research on volunteering in emergency management, which follows directly on from her previous work and explores the same key themes. It is quite unique in providing an accurate snapshot of the development of our sector over the last five years.

Other areas of focus will include;
• progress on the 2011 Summit outcomes, and
• Presentations from both the Bushfire and Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre and AIDR.

Australian Disaster Resilience Knowledge Hub – www.knowledge.aidr.org.au

The Australian Disaster Resilience Knowledge Hub is a central collection of information and resources relating to disasters and disaster resilience in Australia.

This presentation will demonstrate how to interact with the Knowledge Hub for ready access to knowledge, learning and evidence based research to support improved policy development, decision making and good practice in disaster resilience and emergency management. There will be a focus on volunteering resources.

The Knowledge Hub is managed by the Australian Institute for Disaster Resilience.

The Department of Home Affairs has contributed funding to support attendance of volunteers from the emergency management sector.