Disaster Resilient: Future Ready
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Helping regional 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 developed the Disaster Resilient: Future Ready program.
This multi-stage program involves 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.
Academic research, commentary, policy and practice that exists around building resilience and the indicators of resilient communities (Literature Review) informs our face-to-face community-based research. We are now working directly with three New South Wales communities to co-design the methodology in the DR:FR project, and to reality-test them along with tools for building resilience and preparedness.
We then intend to resource the projects to reality-test the framework through an FRRR funding program, in addition to supporting networking, information sharing and training. The work will be evaluated and documented to establish best practice approaches that can be adopted and adapted within other communities across Australia so they too can improve their preparedness and resilience.
If you are located in a state or territory other than NSW, you can register your interest in being involved, as we are starting to roll this out nationally, as 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 more about the DR:FR program.
We welcome other partners joining us, alongside The Ronald Geoffrey Arnott Foundation, Lord Mayor's Charitable Foundation, Maple-Brown Family Foundation, Sidney Myer Fund, the Doc Ross Foundation and other partners to help communities better prepare for disasters and be more resilient, should they eventuate.