Emergency communication projects which the Natural Hazards Inc. cluster are already involved in or have completed include:

Commonwealth RANET (PDF 1 page summary)
Project start date: June 2005
The Commonwealth RANET (Radio Internet) Communications-Tuvalu project is a wide-ranging communications project designed to significantly enhance communications capability between Tuvalu's meteorological offices, the international forecast centres and, most importantly its atoll communities and the end-users. Its main objective is to improve meteorological communications and early warning of natural hazards capability. The technology is leading-edge, yet cost-effective and sustainable. An automatic weather and climate station is included for Tuvalu's only secondary school at Vaitupu where students will be able learn meteorology and see first-hand the effect of weather on their communities.
Lead company: Meteorological Service of New Zealand Limited (MetService)
Associated consultant(s): None

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RANET Communications Niue (PDF 1 page summary)
Project start date: March 2005
The Niue RANET (Radio Internet) Communications project provided two Community FM radio station systems for Hakupu and Liku Villages, Niue together with a HF radio digital email system at the meteorological office. This enhanced the emergency satellite digital email system that MetService had already installed following Tropical Cyclone Heta. The project's objective was to improve the availability of emergency information to the end users in the communities. An important benefit was that the Community FM radio stations are owned and operated by the communities and can be used for any social, educational, entertainment purpose as the community wishes.
Lead company: Meteorological Service of New Zealand Limited (MetService)

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Reconstruction design & build of public infrastructure (PDF 1 page summary)
Project start date: January 1998
Following the war in Bougainville in the 1990ís, there was a requirement to rebuild the telecommunications network. After the war there was large-scale damage to existing exchanges. Consultel completed the reconstruction of the network and has subsequently made trips to Bougainville ensure it is in working condition. Subsequently the major effort is to train local staff to take over the maintenance and running of the system. Because of the difficulty in gaining access and moving around the island much of the design has been based on satellite equipment so can be used in emergency situations.
Lead company: Consultel Associates

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Coordinated Incident Management Training (CIMS) (PDF 1 page summary)
Project start date: January 1997
Coordinated Incident Management System (CIMS), a system designed to manage emergency incidents, coordinates the all available resources. It provides a means of coordinating the efforts of teams as they work towards the goal of stabilising an incident, protecting life, property, and the environment. CIMS can be used for all emergency incidents. CIMS aims to build a more proactive incident management response system that will increase efficiencies through better coordination of resources. It reduces the risk of overlap and potential confusion at emergencies. We have worked with organisations for 17 years streamlining the CIMS structure and providing simulations to trial the system.
Lead company: Devereux-Blum Training and Development

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New Zealand Tsunami Risk and Preparedness (PDF 1 page summary)
Project start date: March 2005
Following the December 26, 2004 disastrous tsunami in the Indian Ocean, the New Zealand Government resolved to consider the risk of such events in New Zealand. MCDEM was required to develop a national picture of the risk of tsunami for New Zealand, the consequences, and New Zealandís preparedness to deal with these eventualities. GNS Science was commissioned by MCDEM to provide two reports towards this purpose: the Science Report and the Preparedness Report. These reports can be downloaded from the MCDEM website (www.mcdem.govt.nz).
Lead company: GNS Science
Associated consultant(s): National Insititute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA) Waikato University University of Auckland Barnett & MacMurray Ltd

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ADRA Disaster Response Simulation Nepal (PDF 1 page summary)
Project start date: November 2007
EMANZ is the largest provider of technical rescue and emergency management training in New Zealand. We have delivered training to over 1500 people and teach, on average, 120 courses per year. EMANZ is also working in partnership with International Pacific College (IPC) based in Palmerston North, New Zealand, to develop and deliver an emergency management and humanitarian aid major for IPCís Bachelor of International Studies. EMANZ was invited to assist with training support for, and exercise evaluation of, an international disaster relief exercise in Nepal. The exercise involved two major NGOs; the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) and Caritas. Emergency management practitioners from within the Asia region were deployed to a simulated disaster in Nepal.
Lead company: ADRA Asia
Associated consultant(s): Emergency Management Academy of New Zealand (EMANZ)

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