Disaster Resilient: Future Ready
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Helping communities get Future Ready
The occurrence of natural disasters in rural, regional and remote communities is on the rise, with significant consequences: mental health issues, impacts to health and wellbeing, and increased disadvantage.
FRRR and our partners know that communities that are supported to build their capacity are better able to respond to the impacts of natural disasters, or even an economic downturn.
That’s why we have launched the Disaster Resilient: Future Ready program.
This is a multi-stage program that will ultimately develop a practical, whole-of-community evidence-based approach that communities can adopt to build their resilience and adaptive capacity to enable them to be well prepared before, and bounce back stronger and better, after a disaster.
The first stage involved reviewing the academic research, commentary, policy and practice that exists around building resilience and resilient communities. This literature review has been completed along with a summary version which highlights the key take outs as well as an overview of the Get Ready NSW – Disaster Resilient Future Ready Roadshows which are part of the second stage of the process.
The second stage identifies communities as place-based pilots to begin the national rollout of the program. We will work with these communities to identify what projects need to take place to help them withstand and recover from any future disaster.
Thanks to support from our donor partners, including the NSW Government’s Get Ready NSW initiative, we’ve started in New South Wales. In September 2017 we visited community groups in Windsor, Kandos, Rylstone, Wee Waa, Ocean Shores, Holbrook and Hay in NSW to talk about the Disaster Resilient: Future Ready program. At each location, they discussed the capacity and interest in the community to participate in a Get Ready NSW community disaster preparedness pilot, to be delivered in partnership with the NSW Government. There has been strong interest, with several towns keen to be involved further.
We then intend to fund these projects, documenting and evaluating the work to establish best practice approaches that can be adopted and adapted within other communities so they too can improve their preparedness and resilience.
Participating in the program is an opportunity to discuss where your community is at the moment, what your vision for the future of your community is, where you see the gaps are and how organisations such as FRRR could help to fill them. The Disaster Resilient: Future Ready program will help to link you to resources such as funding, information and training.
If you are located in a state or territory other than NSW, you can register your interest in being involved, as we do plan to roll this out nationally, once funding partners are confirmed in other States.
If you are a philanthropist and have an interest in working collaboratively to develop systemic, sustainable and community-led, place-based responses, we encourage you to read further on our donor page. Here you will be able to explore how you can join the partnership, along with The Prince's Trust Australia and other partners, to help communities better prepare for disasters and be more resilient, should they eventuate.