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Aurecon 360 Issue 3 Natural Disasters 2011

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WELCOME 3 A MESSAGE FROM OUR CEO face of tragedy that have touched me. Several of our people were first into disaster zones in the aftermath of recent tragedies as part of the urban search and rescue squads, and I want to acknowledge them on behalf of all at Aurecon for their dedication to the communities in which we live and work. Some of their stories are included in this 360° magazine. As engineers and other specialists, we are motivated by the same spirit, which is why we have decided to dedicate this edition of 360° to the theme of natural disasters. "Our people are working to reduce the economic and humanitarian vulnerability of their communities." In January this year, we evacuated over 700 staff from our Brisbane office in Queensland, Australia in anticipation of the most serious flooding the country has seen in decades. In the same month in South Africa many local municipalities were declared disaster areas as flooding wrought widespread loss of property and lives. In February we watched with horror as the devastating impact of an earthquake destroyed much of the Canterbury region in New Zealand, including our office. Then came March with a huge earthquake and tsunami causing the largest humanitarian disaster in Japan since the Second World War. Amid the terribly sad stories of the last few months, it is the stories of human kindness and heroism in the Our people are already working to reduce the economic and humanitarian vulnerability of their communities and are involved in improving disaster response globally. Crucially, they are also involved in rebuilding community infrastructure in the aftermath of devastation. This edition provides insight into some of the issues facing our clients and their communities in relation to natural disasters. It showcases a few of the ways that engineers and other professionals can build resilience in their communities through innovative solutions and thoughtful design. I hope you will find this 360° both interesting and informative but most of all inspiring, as I do. Regards, Paul Hardy Chief Executive Officer Aurecon Aurecon response to natural disasters

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