Supporting medium to long-term disaster recovery
We know that natural disasters have a devastating impact. Long-term community recovery takes time - time to conduct adequate research and planning to ensure that social and physical infrastructure is appropriate, sustainable and meets the future needs of the community. For this reason, our natural disaster recovery programs typically begin 12 months after an initial disaster and, depending on available funding, last for several years afterwards.
Read about some
projects we've supported
Blue Mountains City Council, $15,000
The Blue Mountains City Council undertook a significant project to develop a new community space within Yellow Rock with the objective to both strengthen and rebuild community networks following the devastating bushfires in this district of October 2013.
Alpine Radio, $5,000
Alpine Radio installed new transmission equipment to ensure that emergency broadcast warnings and advice from the CFA and SES in relation to bushfires can be clearly heard across most of its catchment area.
Our Natural Disaster Response Framework details how we coordinate our response and collaborate with others when natural disasters strike. It has been developed based on our experience in helping communities to recover from a wide range of disaster events across rural and regional communities over the last ten years.
We typically offer a range of programs tailored to the needs of communities affected by individual disasters, which evolve over time to ensure the emerging needs are met. Some programs will operate over multiple rounds, across several years. The funds available and the length of time each program runs depends on the funding we receive from our partners.
We also know that communities that build their capacity are better able to respond to the impacts of natural disasters. That is why we have developed the Disaster Resilient: Future Ready program - a multi-stage program that will ultimately develop a practical, whole-of-community evidence-based approach that communities can adopt to enable them to be well prepared before, and respond stronger and better, after a disaster.
"The Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal is a leader in medium-to-long-term recovery. Having supported recovering communities since 2006, they know a lot about what works and what doesn’t.
FRRR has harnessed all these lessons into an integrated, well-structured and well executed natural disaster recovery program that supports communities and helps them recover at their own pace."
Dr Wendy Scaife - Senior Research Fellow, Australian Centre for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies