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Disaster Resilient: Future Ready

Disaster Resilient: Future Ready is a framework for communities to help prepare for and recover from natural disasters. This pilot program aims to establish a road-tested model of community-led disaster preparedness that can be adapted by other communities in Australia and potentially overseas. The Literature Review for Disaster Resilient: Future Ready is currently being undertaken by the Torrens Resilience Institute under the guidance of the Foundation of Rural and Regional Renewal (F.R.R.R.). When finalized, the review will be presented to the F.R.R.R. National Reference Group and utilized for roadshows in regional communities in Victoria, Queensland and New South Wales. Pilot programs will also be undertaken in two to three rural and regional communities in New South Wales, before moving into Victoria.

Disaster Resilient: Future Ready has arisen out of recognition of the following challenges currently facing Australia:

 

→ Evidence of increasing frequency and severity of natural disasters and the subsequent impacts.

→ By 2050, the total economic cost of natural disasters in Australia is expected to be around $33 billion in real terms without considering the potential impact of climate change, including the cost of long term impacts on wellbeing of individuals and communities.

→ Broad consensus by governments, business, and communities on the need for greater community-led process, but no practical, whole-of-community evidence-based approach that communities can adopt to build their resilience and adaptive capacity.

 

At a very practical level, Disaster Resilient: Future Ready aims to better understand the skills, resources, assets and tools that communities need to be able to recover and adapt from natural disasters. It is vital to share this understanding more broadly and to build capacity through practical and road-tested approaches. The Disaster Resilient: Future Ready project posits that communities are best placed to determine the most effective approaches within their unique context.

To find out more, visit the F.R.R.R. website.

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