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.
We have just completed the first stage, which involved reviewing the academic research, commentary, policy and practice that exists around building resilience and resilient communities.
The next stage is to identify several communities that we can work with to identify what projects need to take place to help them withstand and recover from any future disaster. We then intend to fund these projects and to share what we learn with other communities so they too can improve their preparedness and resilience.
Thanks to support from our donor partners, including the NSW Government’s Get Ready NSW initiative, we’re starting in New South Wales. Through the Get Ready Community Disaster Preparedness Pilots, we’re looking for communities willing to help us co-design approaches to improve community 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.
During September, Janet Phillips, Program Manager for Future Ready, will be visiting communities in NSW to talk about the project, share some of the initial research findings, and explain what will be involved for those communities in the pilot program.
- Monday 4 September Windsor
- Tuesday 5 September Kandos & Rylstone
- Wednesday 6 September Wee Waa
- Friday 8 September Ocean Shores
- Tuesday 12 September Holbrook
- Wednesday 13 September Hay
To book your place at one of these information sessions and learn more about what would be involved in being a pilot community and help us work out how to best engage and support the community to be ready for any likely impact,
please register your interest via email.
Sign up to stay informed
If you can’t come along but are interested in being one of the communities in New South Wales to participate in the Get Ready Community Disaster Preparedness Pilots, then please join the mailing list by completing this simple registration form.
If you are located in another state or territory, 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.