Nurses - are we disaster ready?
Australian Nursing & Midwifery Federation
Place of Publication
Faculty of Health, Engineering and Science
School of Medical and Health Sciences
Australia is not considered by most to be a disaster prone country. However, in January 2009, 347 people were killed by extreme temperatures; in 2010 175,000 people were affected by floods; in 2013 13,000 people were affected by floods and 98,000 by bush fire. Heat waves and flooding will not only continue in Australia but are likely to increase (UNISDR, 2014).