Unofficial evacuation centres and community resilience


During recent bushfires and floods in New South Wales, there has been an increased prevalence of unofficial evacuation centres being established by local community groups to assist affected residents. Significant planning occurs through all levels of government and within the community to ensure that we can assist and care for those affected by disasters. Usually, emergency services and government agencies work alongside not-for-profit organisations to provide a place of safety and security for people during evacuation; in line with basic public expectations of government during disasters.

Mr Mitchell Clout from the NSW Ministry for Police and Emergency Services will present on Unofficial Evacuation Centres and Community Resilience at the Australian & New Zealand Disaster and Emergency Management Conference at the QT Gold Coast, 5th – 7th May 2014.

This presentation will draw on case studies from recent disasters in New South Wales with reference to current policy and guidelines. It will also consider the opportunities and risks which government agencies and emergency services should consider when non-traditional organisations operate unofficial evacuation centres.

To view the educational program with 70+ presentations and the book of abstracts please visit the conference website –


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