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Understanding and creating effective warnings
Do you have responsibility for keeping your staff and your community safe?

How do you meet all the criteria for an effective warning which reduces loss of life, injury and economic loss?

Find out this and more at my Forewarned "Effective Warnings" workshop.
Postponed due to Covid19. Please register your no-obligation interest for the first available workshop in your city.
Event Postponed

Topics include ethics, hazard response, gender and vulnerable groups (ie women, aged, chronic illness, LGBTI, children).

Presenters include:
Dr Rob Gordon, Australia’s foremost disaster psychologist.
Dr Deb Parkinson, Gender and Disaster Pod and Adjunct Research Fellow with Monash University Disaster Resilience Initiative.


Today we will talk about understanding the Australian Principles of Effective Warnings and writing effective warnings.

Amanda Leck, Director, Australian Disaster Resilience Institute.
Dr Linda Anderson-Berry, James Cook University for Disaster Studies.

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Speakers Include

Dr Rob Gordon
Australia’s foremost disaster psychologist



One Day


Two Days



Participants are capped at 25 people each day.

Interactive sessions.

Every participant will receive a free copy of my “Effective Warnings” handbook valued at $50.

Engaging speakers.

Schedule – Day One

  • Introduction to the Principles of Effective Warnings
  • Ethics
  • Legal issues
  • International framework
  • DRR

Ian Mannix

Former Manager of ABC Emergency Broadcasting and Community Development
  • How people respond to warnings
  • Human psychology
  • Hazard response
  • Recovery

Dr Rob Gordon

Author, researcher and Australian’s foremost trauma psychologist.

  • Gender

Prof. Deb Parkinson

Monash University Disaster Resilience Initiative (MUDRI) and Gender POD.

  • Children and Vulnerable People


Schedule – Day Two

  • Understanding the Australian Principles of Effective Warnings

Amanda Leck

Director, Australian Disaster Resilience Institute

  • Writing effective warnings

Dr Linda Anderson-Berry

James Cook University Centre for Disaster Studies.

About your host

Ian Mannix

Journalist, author of Great Australian Bushfire Stories and Great Australian Flood Stories, Manager of Emergency Broadcasting and Community Development at ABC Local Radio.

Ian created the Australian Broadcasting Corporations first bushfire warnings; developed policy, strategy and training, and worked with emergency agencies to ensure strong partnerships. In 2016 Ian introduced Emergency Broadcasting to the National Broadcasting Corporation of PNG. He has worked on media training and development in Australia, PNG, and Timor-Leste.

Featured Handbook

The Principles of Effective Warnings

Written with the help of Australia’s foremost disaster and trauma experts, ”Effective warnings” will challenge the way you engage with your community, and help you do it better.

“The Principles of Effective Warnings” – the world’s first workbook with everything you need to know about how, when faced with a natural hazard or emergency, you can create messages which will change people’s attitudes and behaviour.

Do you have responsibility for keeping your staff and your community safe? This handbook and workshop is for you!

Register your interest.

Due to Covid-19 Restrictions we have had to delay the event. We are taking registrations of interest. Please enter in your email address and we will notify you when we have secured a new date and location.