The Australian Institute for Disaster Resilience (AIDR) is currently reviewing the Evacuation Planning Handbook and is undertaking a survey to gather views of people with experience with evacuations.

Given the last few years of major events, the Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades would encourage volunteers with some experience of evacuations to contribute their knowledge to the review.

The Evacuation Planning Handbook is part of the National Disaster Resilience Handbook Collection.  It outlines the national evacuation planning principles and practices and provides a standardised national approach to evacuation planning considerations. The handbook is written to be applicable across all states and territories. It is not designed to take the place of standard operating procedures but to inform evacuation planning and practice. The current Evacuation Planning Handbook (Handbook 4) can be found in PDF format at

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This survey is being conducted by AIDR in consultation with the Steering Committee of the Evacuation Planning Handbook review. You can access the survey here:

The survey is looking for information from people who may be involved in making decisions to evacuate communities or who may be involved in warnings, the management or co-ordination of evacuation centres, or managing the return of communities following the incident.

It is important the experiences of fire and emergency services agencies are incorporated into this review.

The survey targets handbook users and non-users, including evacuation planners and emergency managers involved in the movement of people in emergencies. Taking part is anonymous and should take no longer than 10 minutes. The survey is aimed at identifying areas of the current handbook that need to be up-dated, re-organised or changed. The outcomes of the survey will inform the review process of the handbook. It is divided into 4 sections: I. Knowledge and use of the handbook  II. Structure and content of the handbook  III. Evacuation planning experiences and challenges IV. Demographics – your profile.

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Please complete the survey by Friday 3rd February 2017.

If you have any questions, please contact Amanda Lamont at 03 9418 5268 or    


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