Nurses - are we disaster ready?
Australian Nursing and 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).