Living with Climate Change: Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation Factsheets for Australia: Emergency Management
Climate change is expected to increase the frequency and intensity of some extreme climatic events and natural disasters, including storms, droughts, heatwaves, bushfires and floods. Emergency management organisations are on society’s frontline in preparing for such events: preventing damage, responding to damage and harm when they occur, and managing recovery. This factsheet addresses this issue by describing the present-day climate and emergency management, future climate trends, social and economic impacts, adaptation options and associated costs. The strategies adopted by emergency services to facilitate adaptation are outlined: (i) mitigating exposure by providing input into land use planning (strategic and statutory) and construction requirements (e.g. building codes), (ii) community education and engagement to raise risk awareness and promote protective action, (iii) identifying vulnerable locations, groups and individuals who may require assistance; and, (iv) facilitating and supporting emergency management research.