Where are they now? Alice Lake-Hammond, Programme Coordinator, Project AF8 New Zealand

MoDDD would like to congratulate Alice Lake-Hammond, a 2018 graduate, who has recently been appointed programme coordinator of Project AF8 (AF8). AF8 is a New Zealand Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management (MCDEM) funded initiative designed to build a collective response capability in preparation for the impacts of a magnitude 8 or higher rupture of the Alpine Fault.

For her final MoDDD project Alice investigated the implementation of disaster risk reduction (DRR) communication activities for earthquake preparedness across the South Island of New Zealand focussing in particular on audience responses to a set of short videos commissioned by AF8. AF8’s interdisciplinary approach reaches across traditional silos of policy, practice and research to address a common objective to improve awareness, preparedness and response to future major earthquakes within the South Island of New Zealand.

Alice’s position as programme coordinator position involves coordinating the South Island-wide effort to prepare for the next major earthquake on the Alpine Fault. Working with scientists, emergency managers, lifelines utilities, emergency services, local and central government the role involves facilitating workshops, growing networks and supporting effective communication and engagement with communities across the South Island – all with the aim of motivating communities to prepare for a rupture on the Alpine Fault.

Learn more about AF8 at projectaf8.co.nz