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Supporting people with vulnerabilities in disasters

Everyone faces a degree of risk when a disaster or emergency affects a community.

Protective factors such as strong family and social connections enable many people in communities to be better prepared and able to adapt to the impact of a disaster.

However, some people and communities do not have this support, making it more likely for them to succumb to higher levels of risk, injury, loss, or severe and longer-term impacts than others.

We have developed People with vulnerabilities in disasters: A framework for an effective local response, in collaboration with key partners, to contribute to building resilient communities.

This will reduce the impact of disasters on people with vulnerabilities or people who may become vulnerable.

We have also developed a toolkit to provide organisations with an enhanced approach to applying the framework, including a range of actions and strategies that they can tailor to suit their respective resource and capability levels.

This toolkit also provides tips and resources to help support good-practice.

Disaster management and recovery toolkit

Community-based organisations (CBOs) also play a vital role in supporting vulnerable people, both between and following disasters.

The Disaster management and recovery toolkit, developed by the Community Services Industry Alliance in partnership with the Queensland Government, provides information, resources and ideas about how CBOs can work proactively to achieve business continuity, and be ready to assist people and households at the worst times.

ACOSS Resilient Community Organisations

This toolkit was developed by and for the community sector to help organisations measure and improve their resilience to disasters and emergencies.

It includes a benchmarking system and 6 steps to disaster resilience.

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Last updated:
29 November 2017
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