Towards effective mitigation strategies for severe wind events

Smith, Daniel J., McShane, Connar, Swinbourne, Anne, and Henderson, David J. (2016) Towards effective mitigation strategies for severe wind events. Australian Journal of Emergency Management, 31 (3). pp. 33-39.

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Abstract

The need to mitigate the losses from severe wind events in Australia has been highlighted repeatedly over the last decade, paralleling that of the hurricane-prone south east United States of America. The Northern Australia Insurance Premiums Taskforce final report released in 2015 [see Related URLs], along with numerous other studies and reports, emphasised that mitigation is the only rational solution to reducing loss and improving the current insurance affordability situation. Engineering solutions exist to prevent failures, however post-event observations highlight their lack of implementation. It follows that the current level of community engagement in mitigation activities in cyclone-prone regions of Australia must be improved if losses are to be reduced. This paper discusses issues of engagement and reviews literature and existing mitigation programs as background for a smartphone mitigation tool being developed in Queensland, Australia, and Florida, USA.

Item ID: 45781
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
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ISSN: 1324-1540
Funders: Queensland Government Advance Queensland Research Fellowship, Bushfire and Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre
Date Deposited: 21 Sep 2016 07:39
FoR Codes: 17 PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES > 1701 Psychology > 170113 Social and Community Psychology @ 50%
09 ENGINEERING > 0905 Civil Engineering > 090506 Structural Engineering @ 50%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9603 Climate and Climate Change > 960302 Climate Change Mitigation Strategies @ 100%
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