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Recovery: the missing element By Bill Nicol

What is often missing form most disaster recovery programs? Believe it or not, recovery itself. Recovery includes but goes beyond emergency response and physical reconstruction. It is the human element where Read More

24 Jul 2014 in Disaster Blogs

Business not as usual By Bill Nicol

Having worked deep in the bowels of the world’s largest and arguably its most successful but also now its least recognised disaster recovery program—the reconstruction of Aceh after the 2004 Read More

17 Jul 2014 in Disaster Blogs

Disaster recovery’s black hole By Bill Nicol

Disasters come and go, but the threat of them never leaves us. This being so, how well are we placed to reflect on the policy implications? I would argue: less Read More

10 Jul 2014 in Disaster Blogs

Insuring against disaster By Bill Nicol

Insurance is a well-established and well-proven model of risk management. We pay in advance for protection against the costs of disaster and share the cost burden across a larger community Read More

03 Jul 2014 in Disaster Blogs

The Long Tail of Disastrous Policy By Bill Nicol

I’m from the Government, trust me! This old piece of cynicism holds much truth. The good intentions of government can create as many calamities as they do genuine solutions. Some Read More

26 Jun 2014 in Disaster Blogs

The disaster of losing your job By Bill Nicol

Where does economic catastrophe fit within the concept of a disaster being any situation that may or does so overwhelm a group or community that it is unable to respond Read More

19 Jun 2014 in Disaster Blogs

Making the good better By Bill Nicol

The single greatest problem we as a nation have in confronting disasters is that we define them too narrowly. We are not alone in this. It is a common Western Read More

12 Jun 2014 in Disaster Blogs

The sullen stealth of disaster By Bill Nicol

This is the first article in a series entitled The Disaster Blogs. Western nations, not just Australia, are in the process of a massive economic transformation. Just look at the middle class. Read More

05 Jun 2014 in Disaster Blogs
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