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Category: Emergency | Disaster | Terrorism

The field of emergency and disaster management and its related issues and challenges. A focus on topics and themes related to the practice of crisis, emergency and rick communications, lessons learned and findings.

How to take care of your mental health after the Christchurch attacks

For people in the community who hear about such events or witness them on television, the news may be distressing but these feelings will typically abate in the following days and weeks. However, some people who watch these events unfold may be more affected because they trigger memories of past traumatic experiences in their own lives.

Four lessons we must take away from the Christchurch terror attack

There has undoubtedly been a tendency in some quarters of New Zealand politics to assume we are living in a largely benign international environment. This is part of a troubling isolationist tendency in New Zealand politics that contributes to us not taking security seriously and investing in it accordingly. The Christchurch attacks have shattered these illusions.

Why News Outlets Should Think Twice About Republishing the New Zealand Mosque Shooter’s Livestream

Sharing this material can be highly problematic. In some past incidences of terrorism and hate crime, pictures of the wrong people have been published around the world on social and in mainstream media.

Christchurch mosque shootings must end New Zealand’s innocence about right-wing terrorism

We tend not to think too much about the presence of racist and white supremacist groups, until there is some public incident like the desecration of Jewish graves or a march of black-shirted men (they are mostly men) asserting their “right to be white”. Perhaps, we are comfortable in thinking, as the prime minister has said, they are not part of our nation.

Tuesday 22 February 2011: Christchurch earthquake

The magnitude of the work ahead hits. Evacuation routes for critical patients when there’s a no fly zone imposed on the South Island and the roads and infrastructure is so badly damaged or destroyed…The people in the room respond with a dedication and commitment that makes me proud and humbled to be part of New Zealand’s emergency response.

Why hurricane forecasters can’t ‘politicize’ storm warnings even if they wanted to

Every forecaster I have ever worked with – military or civilian – wants to get predictions right. And even if they wanted to shade the forecast one way or another to support some agenda, it would be impossible to do it in today’s networked world.

In memory of Poland’s sorrow, April 2010

At first, I struggled with how I would share his life in this writing. Plus, I thought, what did it really have to do with what happened at Katyn in 1939 and 1940? Let alone last week’s tragedy.And then, unexpectedly, the information came. I uncovered details and connections of those who died, among them soldiers,whom my friend would have felt a very unique sense of gratitude for. Because among Poland’s dead last week are those who guarded and supported the sacred and tragic memories that people like my Polish friend, and his family went through, during World War II.