Emergency planning

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Disaster response charity enlisted to aid drivers stuck in UK queues for Channel
Exclusive: military veterans’ group RE:ACT gets £200,000 yearly contract to ensure welfare of lorry drivers gridlocked in Kent

Pippa Crerar Political editor

04, Jan, 2023 @6:00 AM

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Manchester Arena inquiry: Ways to improve response of emergency services
Inquiry advice includes reviews of police funding and ambulance trusts’ responses to mass casualties, and medical staff based at venues

Helen Pidd North of England editor

03, Nov, 2022 @6:08 PM

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‘They only had about 30 seconds left’: why cars become death traps in floods
With flooding across the nation, drowning rates are at a 25-year high, and driving through floods is a leading cause. So why do people still take the risk?

Bronwyn Adcock

30, Oct, 2022 @2:00 PM

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Australian governments urged to scrap ‘one-in-100-year’ flood standard and update risk maps
Experts say flood mapping needs to be standardised and frequently updated amid crisis in NSW and Victoria

Tamsin Rose and Benita Kolovos

26, Oct, 2022 @3:00 PM

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Confusing messaging hampers our ability to prepare for rising flood waters | Kate Burke
Flood-affected communities are getting conflicting information, right when we need consistency to make crucial decisions which will save lives and properties

Kate Burke

23, Oct, 2022 @1:00 AM

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The forgotten valley: town left in disarray from recent floods buys walkie talkies to communicate
With no local telecom tower to support emergency mobile coverage, residents of the Macdonald valley say they feel frustrated and neglected

Josh Taylor

30, Jul, 2022 @8:00 PM

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Fights broke out as top-down approach to Lismore flood response failed, inquiry told
Locals who were trying to help rescue residents and feed evacuees clashed with NSW agencies, community witnesses say

Christine Tondorf

31, May, 2022 @11:33 PM

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‘Everyone should prep’: the Britons stocking up for hard times
Whether it be Covid, Brexit, the climate crisis or war in Ukraine, some are determined to be ready in case of the worst

Linda Geddes Science correspondent

22, Apr, 2022 @10:02 AM

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When the Dust Settles by Lucy Easthope review – what to do when disaster strikes
This grimly fascinating insight into the aftermath of major tragedies by a disaster recovery expert exposes a ‘slow rot’ in emergency planning – and reveals how to help victims’ families with closure

Matthew Reisz

27, Mar, 2022 @2:00 PM

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As far west NSW region braces for flooding, residents criticise ‘reactive’ SES
Locals say the SES need to be more proactive as inflows from tributaries across the state continue to increase

Natasha May

21, Dec, 2021 @1:00 AM

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Can £9m Whitehall situation room help improve crisis decision-making?
Experts say tech upgrade is insufficient if ministers and officials do not engage in regular practice exercises

Dan Sabbagh Defence and security editor

12, Mar, 2021 @4:18 PM

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Back to basics: how social workers returned to their roots during Covid
The pandemic has highlighted the importance of working with neighbourhoods as social work returned to traditional methods

Rory Truell

16, Dec, 2020 @8:28 AM

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