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LESSONS LEARNED FROM PAST NOTABLE DISASTERS AUSTRALIA PART 4: WILDFIRES . Walter Hays, Global Alliance for Disaster Reduction, Vienna, Virginia, USA. AUSTRALIA. NATURAL HAZARDS THAT HAVE CAUSED DISASTERS IN AUSTRALIA. FLOODS. GOAL: MOVE PEOPLE OUT OF HARMS WAY. CYCLONES. EARTHQUAKES . - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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  • LESSONS LEARNED FROM PAST NOTABLE DISASTERSAUSTRALIAPART 4: WILDFIRES Walter Hays, Global Alliance for Disaster Reduction, Vienna, Virginia, USA

  • AUSTRALIA

  • NATURAL HAZARDS THAT HAVE CAUSED DISASTERS IN AUSTRALIAFLOODSCYCLONESEARTHQUAKES WILDFIRESENVIRONMENTAL CHANGE GLOBAL CLIMATE CHANGEHIGH BENEFIT/COST FOR SAVING LIVES, BUT LOW BEMEFIT/COST FOR PROTECTING PROPERTYGOAL: MOVE PEOPLE OUT OF HARMS WAY

  • A DISASTER is --- --- the set of failures that overwhelm the capability of a community to respond without external helpwhen three continuums: 1) people, 2) community (i.e., a set of habitats, livelihoods, and social constructs), and 3) complex events (e.g., floods, wildfires, ...,) intersect at a point in spaceand time.

  • Disasters are caused by single- or multiple-event natural hazards that, (for various reasons), cause extreme levels of mortality, morbidity, homelessness, joblessness, economic losses, or environmental impacts.

  • Natural Phenomena that Cause Disasters

    Planet Earths atmospheric-lithospheric interactions create situ-ations favorable for Wildfires (AKA BUSHFIRES)

  • WILDFIRES are conflagrations caused by lightning discharges (or acts of man) in wilderness areas close enough to one or more urban interfaces that they threaten people, property, infrastructure, and business enterprise

  • WILDFIRE HAZARDS

  • SCIENCE OF WILDFIRES

  • WILDFIRE HAZARDS (AKA POTENTIAL DISASTER AGENTS)FIRE HOT GASES AND SMOKE HOT SPOTSBURNED OUT SLOPES (with increased susceptibility to insect infestation, erosion, and landslides)

  • WILDFIRE HAZARDS (AKA POTENTIAL DISASTER AGENTS)SUNDOWNER WINDSLOCAL CHANGES IN AIR QUALITYLOCAL CHANGES IN WEATHER

  • LIGHTNING STRIKESWILDFIRES (AKA BUSHFIRES)MANMADE FIRES PROXIMITY OF URBAN AREA TO THE WILDLAND FIRE WIND SPEED AND DIRECTION (DAY/NIGHT DIFFERENCES) DRYNESS

    HIGH TEMPERATURES LOCAL FUEL SUPPLYCAUSES OF DAMAGEDISASTER LABORATORIES

  • AUSTRALIAS COMMUNITIESDATA BASES AND INFORMATIONHAZARDS: GROUND SHAKING GROUND FAILURE SURFACE FAULTING TECTONIC DEFORMATION TSUNAMI RUN UP AFTERSHOCKS

  • LESSONS LEARNED ABOUT DISASTER RESILIENCEALL WILDFIRES PREPAREDNESFOR THE EXPECTED AND UNEXPEDTED IS ESSENTIAL FOR DISASTER RESILIENCE

  • LESSONS LEARNED ABOUT DISASTER RESILIENCEALL WILDFIRES TIMELY EMERGENCY RESPONSE IS ESSENTIAL FOR DISASTER RESILIENCE

  • HIGH POTENTIAL LOSS EXPOSURES TO WILDFIRESPeople, property, infrastructure, business enterprise, government centers, wildlife, and natural resources.

  • AUSTRALIAS WORST WILDFIRE OUTBREAK

  • WORST WILDFIRES IN AUSTRALIAS HISTORY

    400 FIRES BURNED FOR WEEKSVICTORIA STATE FEBRUARY 2009

  • The deadliest wildfires in Australia's history burned people in their homes and cars and wiped out entire towns173 DEAD; 2000 HOMES DESTROYED

  • WILDFIRES: 2009

  • WILDFIRES ON AUSTRALIAS TASMANIA ISLAND BURNED 100 HOMES AND FORCED THOUSANDS TO FLEE

    JANUARY 4, 2013

  • WILDFIRES ON TASMANIA: (TEMPERATURE REACHED 40 DEGREES C)

  • OTHER WILDFIRES BURNED SIMULTANEOUSLYBushfires were also burning in other parts of Australia, including South Australia, Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland.

  • IMPACT IN TOWN OF DUNALLEYA SCHOOL AND A POLICE STATION WERE DESTROYED, ALONG WITH ONE-THIRD OF ALL BUILDINGS.

  • LESSONS LEARNED ABOUT DISASTER RESILIENCEALL WILDFIRES EARLY WARN-ING (THE ISS) AND EVACU-ATION ARE ESSENTIAL FOR DISASTER RESILIENCE

  • WILDFIRES REACHED CATASTROPHIC LEVEL IN AUSTRALIA

    JANUARY 8, 2013

  • HIGH TEMPERATURES AND DRYNESS CAUSE WILDFIRES TO REACH CATASTROPHIC LEVEL

  • EVACUATIONFurther south on the Tasman Peninsula east of Hobart, the capitol, as many as 2,000 people took refuge in the town of Nubeena overnight, while another 700 were sheltered at the nearby historic Port Arthur site.Others were ferried to safety.

  • LABETOUCHE, AUSTRALlA: 93 KM (56 MILES) EAST OF MELBOURNE

  • SOUTH NEW WALES

  • FIGHTING THE FIRE FROM THE AIR

  • LESSONS LEARNED ABOUT DISASTER RESILIENCEALL WILDFIRES RECOVERY AND RECON-STRUCTION USUALLY MEANS STARTING OVER.

  • WILDLIFE IMPACTED

  • KEEPING A SURVIVOR OF THE FIRE ALIVE

    More lectures at Disasters Supercourse -http://www.pitt.edu/~super1/collections/collection52.htm**********************

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