A book club for anyone interested in the community’s response to emergencies.
Read any good books lately?
Every two months during Monday lunchtime (12.30 PM AEST), a small group of colleagues in emergency communication and community engagement gather in a small corner of the internet to discuss an item of the written word.
7.45 AM | Thursday 8 June 2023
(in person at the EMPA Australia 2023 Conference)
A River with a City Problem – A History of Brisbane Floods
Storytelling is a proven successful tool in helping people understand their risk – and this book is the ultimate Brisbane Get Ready story!
Written by historian Dr Margaret Cook, ‘A River with a City Problem’ brings the Brisbane River to life – appropriate for our conference venue right beside this grand and sometimes terrible old lady. And what will you get from this read? A range of insights into the River, its people and how we might work with communities on flood plains.
This session will be held in person at the EMPA Australia 2023 conference and online via Zoom with the recording made available following the conference to watch via our YouTube channel.
Please ensure you come prepared to contribute to the discussion by reading the full text –
at only 200 pages and with larger text and images, it is a quick read.
PREVIOUSLY ON DISASTER DIARIES…
Monday 1 May 2023
ARTICLE: #RecoverSouthCoast: how Twitter can support and hinder recovery
Are we using social media to best effect in recovery?
Monday 27 February 2023
Natural disasters – is language an obstacle to preparedness and recovery? A Disaster Diaries three minute read.
Monday 31 October 2022
Getting people to tune in when they really need to hear our message is an age old problem for communicators. This article – “The Science of What Makes People Care” – comes from the public communication field, and presents five principles we can follow to connect with and our communities to listen and act.
Monday 19 September 2022
“A startling investigation of what people do in disasters and why it matters
Why is it that in the aftermath of a disaster–whether manmade or natural–people suddenly become altruistic, resourceful, and brave? What makes the newfound communities and purpose many find in the ruins and crises after disaster so joyous? And what does this joy reveal about ordinarily unmet social desires and possibilities?
In A Paradise Built in Hell, award-winning author Rebecca Solnit explores these phenomena, looking at major calamities from the 1906 earthquake in San Francisco through the 1917 explosion that tore up Halifax, Nova Scotia, the 1985 Mexico City earthquake, 9/11, and Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans. She examines how disaster throws people into a temporary utopia of changed states of mind and social possibilities, as well as looking at the cost of the widespread myths and rarer real cases of social deterioration during crisis. This is a timely and important book from an acclaimed author whose work consistently locates unseen patterns and meanings in broad cultural histories.” – Source: goodreads.com
Monday 15 August 2022
Academic research into how agencies in Europe are interpreting and dealing with false information – which is something emergency communicators need to be ready for and deal with, sometimes even before it happens.
This article reviews the approaches of different European countries to dealing with false information in emergency management, and offers some surprising examples of where misinformation and disinformation can come from. It provides an important foundation for any strategies we might develop to head off false information about natural hazards in future.
Monday 4 July 2022
“A moving insider’s account of surviving one of Australia’s worst bushfires – and how we live with fire in a climate-changed world.”
A well-researched account of the 2019-20 Currowan bushfire that gives glimpses into the best and worst of community bushfire preparation and recovery.