It’s time to prepare Australian communities for disaster
Disaster Relief Australia’s ‘Project Resilience’, in collaboration with the Minderoo Resilient Communities Initiative, aims to assist at least 34 vulnerable Australian communities to be more resilient to natural hazards by 2025.
With disasters becoming both more frequent and more intense, there is a significant disconnect between communities striving to prepare for disasters, and their ability to access the manpower, technology, or actionable information, to deliver it.
Backed by the skills and experience of military veterans, emergency services specialists and an army of dedicated volunteers, Disaster Relief Australia aim to empower these communities with projects that build resilience to disasters and foster a sense of community pride.
Benefits of a strong community resilience plan
Reduce exposure to hazards, lessen the vulnerability of people and property and manage the local natural environment.
Foster community connections to improve social and mental health outcomes and community cohesion in times of need.
Empowers local leaders to make effective and informed decisions that prioritise community safety and infrastructure.
Builds a strong coping capacity to prepare for and bounce back from natural disasters that disrupt the communities way of life.
How we raise community resilience
Disaster Relief Australia as part of Project Resilience can offer communities:
- Aerial imagery and data mapping with our fleet of remotely piloted aircraft and trained specialists
- Specialist assessment of infrastructure, assets, vulnerabilities and preparation priorities
- Scenario modelling and disaster planning workshops to collect community feedback
- Creation, management and execution of local community projects, with community collaboration encouraged
- Training and management of local community volunteers
- Dedicated volunteers skilled in chainsaw work, route clearance and property access, debris removal, fencing repair, expedient home repairs and more
Supporting local communities
DRA operates nine Disaster Relief Teams (DRTs):
- DRT Queensland North
- DRT Queensland South
- DRT New South Wales
- DRT Australian Capital Territory
- DRT Victoria
- DRT South Australia
- DRT Western Australia
- DRT Northern Territory (launched March 2022)
- DRT Tasmania (launched April 2022)
Each DRT has the capability to conduct disaster relief and community support operations. Under Project Resilience, each DRT will adopt a community and work through a nationally led program to help that community build its resilience to natural disasters.