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The commencement of a process or activity in response to a trigger. An activation is not a declaration, nor is it dependent on the declaration of a disaster situation (see definition for declaration). For example, activation of relief measure, as detailed in the Queensland Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements.
  
A level of activation: a heightened level of vigilance due to the possibility of an event in the area of responsibility. Some action may be required. The situation should be monitored by someone capable of assessing the potential threat.
  
This approach assumes that the functions and activities applicable to one hazard are most likely applicable to a range of hazards and consequently, a disaster management plan captures the functions and activities applicable to all hazards.
  
A written report described under s44 of the Disaster Management Act 2003, prepared by the State group about disaster management in the State.
  
Human-induced hazards which are induced entirely or predominantly by human activities and choices. (United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, 2017)
  
A designated location specifically selected as a point which is not anticipated to be adversely affected by a hazard.
  
A single approved message sent to telephone numbers through Emergency Alert in response to an event.
  
The geographical area approved by the Emergency Management Person to where Campaigns will be sent.
  
The ability to achieve a desired effect in a specific environment/context.
  
The combination of all the strengths, attributes and resources available within an organisation, community or society to manage and reduce disaster risks and strengthen resilience. Capacity may include infrastructure, institutions, human knowledge and skills, and collective attributes such as social relationships, leadership and management. 
  
The person appointed under the Disaster Management Act 2003 as the Chairperson of a disaster management group.
  
The chief executive of the department, as referred to in s16A of the Disaster Management Act 2003, currently the Commissioner, Queensland Fire and Emergency Services.
  
Queensland Government Departments are led by Directors-General, who are effectively the Chief Executive Officers.
  
Provides a digital message format for all types of alerts and notifications and can be used for Emergency Alert messages.
  
A group with a commonality of association and generally defined by location, shared experience, or function.
A social group which has a number of things in common, such as chared experience, locality, culture, heritage, language, ethnicity, pastimes, occupation, workplaceetc.
  
When Community members provide self-activated, uncoordinated emergent community response and recovery in a disaster event (e.g. friends, families and neighbours volunteering to help themselves and others through their interpersonal relationships and their socioeconomic connections).
  
The development of emergency and disaster arrangements to embrace the aspects of prevention, preparedness, response and recovery (PPRR). PPRR as aspects of emergency management, not sequential phases.
  
The outcome or impact of an event and may be expressed qualitatively or quantitatively. There can be more than one consequence from an event. Consequences are generally described as the effects on people, society, the environment and the economy. (Geoscience Australia)
  
A plan developed to assist with managing a gap in capability to ensure services are maintained. This plan describes organised and coordinated courses of action with clearly identified institutional roles and resources, information processes and operational arrangements for specific actions at times of need. Contingency planning can be done as deliberate planning or immediate planning as it seeks to address gaps on an as needs basis.
  
The bringing together of organisations to ensure effective disaster management before, during and after an event. It is primarily concerned with systematic acquisition and application of resources (people, material, equipment, etc.) in accordance with priorities set by disaster management groups. Coordination operates horizontally across organisations and agencies.
  
A centre established at State, district or local government level as a centre of communication and coordination during times of disaster operations.
  
A streamlined method for providing assistance from one local government group to another within Queensland’s disaster management arrangements.
  
The physical structures, facilities, networks and other assets which provide services that are essential to the social and economic functioning of a community or society. 
  
The process of collecting quantifiable data that enables the assessment of the impact of an event. Data collected could be used to inform Impact Assessments.
  
The analysis of the consequences of an event, including psychosocial (emotional and social), economic, natural and built environment.
  
A meeting at the end of an operation with the purpose of assessing the conduct or results of an operation.
  
The formal procedure to enable declared disaster powers under the Disaster Management Act 2003 (s64-s69) as required. Specific powers may be used to prevent or minimise loss of life, injury or damage.
  
An emergency situation declared under the Public Safety Preservations Act 1986 (s5).
  
·         For a disaster situation declared under s64(l) of the Disaster Management Act 2003 - the disaster district, or the part of the disaster district, for which the disaster situation is declared; or
·         For a disaster situation declared under s69 of the Disaster Management Act 2003 - the State or, if the disaster situation is declared for a part of the State, the part.
  
For a disaster situation, means:
·         a police officer; or
·         a person authorised under s75(l) of the Disaster Management Act 2003 to exercise declared disaster powers for the disaster situation
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Attorney-General’s Department
  
The Australian Institute of Disaster Resilience
  
Bureau of Meteorology
  
Council to Council
  
Common Alerting Protocol
  
Crisis Coordination Centre (Australian Government)
  
Chief Executive
  
Chief Executive Officer
  
Defence Assistance to the Civil Community
  
Department of Agriculture and Fisheries
  
Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships
  
Department of Communities, Disability Services and Seniors
  
Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women
  
District Disaster Coordinator
  
District Disaster Coordination Centre
  
District Disaster Management Group
  
District Disaster Management Plan
  
Department of Education
  
Department of Environment and Science
  
Department of Employment, Small Business and Training
  
Department of Housing and Public Works
  
Disaster, Incident and Event Management System
  
Department of Innovation, Tourism, Industry Development and the Commonwealth Games
  
Department of Justice and Attorney-General
  
Department of Local Government, Racing and Multicultural Affairs
  
Disaster Management
  
Disaster Management Portal
  
The Queensland Government Disaster Management Website
  
Disaster Management Website
  
Disaster Management Group
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