What emergency preparations should I make for my pet?
You know what to do in an emergency, right? You’d probably grab the photo albums, gather the pets and make a run for it. But have you really thought about how you’ll save your pets? It’s a great idea to have an emergency plan for the animals in your care, so you can give themRead More
The Aussie open source effort that keeps a million drones in the air
The huge progress made in unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) technology over the last decade is thanks to one person more than any other. And he’s a complete dummy. His name is Outback Joe, a mannequin, who over the years has represented a bushwalker lost in Woop Woop and desperate for water, a worker who’s uteRead More
Five Survival Skills Movies Taught You Wrongly
Movies are great at telling stories, but they’re horrible at teaching basic survival skills. Here are five of the ways they’ve led us astray – from performing CPR to battling wild animals. Movies and TV shows are meant as entertainment. As such, they tend to take shortcuts. Sometimes the survival methods they “teach” carry overRead More
Disaster plan ‘empowers’ vulnerable towns
From highly-equipped communities to new disaster dashboards, councils are focusing on preparedness and information in their approaches to emergency management. After a tornado ripped through Burrum Heads in 2013 leaving it isolated and without power for three days, the coastal Queensland community of some 2,000 residents knew it needed to better prepare for major emergencies.Read More
BOM declares a 50 per cent chance of El Nino this spring
Warm and dry — that has been the story of the season, and now there is a good chance that is set to continue for south-east Australia. The Bureau of Meteorology has just declared an El Nino ‘watch’, which means that while we are still in the neutral phase of the El Nino Southern OscillationRead More
How does altitude affect the body and why does it affect people differently?
Every year, thousands of people travel to high-altitude environments for tourism, adventure-seeking, or to train and compete in various sports. Unfortunately, these trips can be marred by the effects of acute altitude sickness, and the symptoms vary from person to person. To understand why people are affected differently, we have to look at how theRead More
Tasmania Police remind drivers to buckle up their pets
Seatbelts are not only important for human passengers, with drivers running the risk of being slapped with a hefty fine if they don’t buckle up their pets when travelling in the car. Tasmania Police inspector John Ward warned that dog owners who failed to protect their pooches could face a $159 fine and injure orRead More
Do you have ideas on how we respond to disasters?
Via MyPolice Rockhampton In times of disaster it can be difficult for government staff to access and assess areas that are hardest hit by a disaster, as basic infrastructure including roads, communication, electricity and water are often severely damaged. Disaster coordination centres and senior staff require real time data to assist, across multiple systems andRead More
SAR and the Coronial System
The 4th annual Australian and New Zealand Search and Rescue Conference will be held next week on Wednesday 23rd May 2018 at The Star Gold Coast. Senior Sergeant Jim Whitehead, Qld State Search And Rescue Coordinator & Training Officer with the Qld Police Service joins us at the Conference to present ‘SAR and the CoronialRead More
Distress beacons: Their role in search and rescue
The 4th annual Australian and New Zealand Search and Rescue Conference will be held in a few weeks on Wednesday 23rd May 2018 at The Star Gold Coast. Ms Linda Berryman, Advisor Safety and Distress Alerting Systems with the Australian Maritime Safety Authority joins us at the Conference to present ‘Distress beacons: Their role inRead More