Putting communities at the centre of preparedness and resilience building

Where: Online

When: Thu 7th Oct 2021, 11:00 – 12:00 (1 hour)

Presented by: Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal

Putting communities at the centre of preparedness and resilience building efforts: what does that look like in practice? Insights from FRRR’s Get Ready Disaster Resilient: Future Ready pilots project, working with three NSW communities from 2017-2020.

Every year, we see communities around Australia face more and more disasters, placing enormous pressure on Australia’s social, economic, environmental, and policy systems. 

Community resilience and the capacity to positively evolve when faced with disasters and other disruptions is critical for the future vitality of our remote, rural and regional communities.  And there is evidence of a growing need for approaches that strengthen social capital and create room for innovation and ground-up solutions that communities can adopt and adapt to enhance their resilience to disasters and disruptions, especially in remote, rural and regional areas. 

In our research report ‘Supporting community led approaches to disaster preparedness – Evaluation of the Get Ready Disaster Resilient: Future Ready pilots project’ we share findings and recommendations from a three-year study carried out in collaboration with Resilience NSW, researchers from the University of Sydney and representatives from three NSW communities.

The research provides insights and recommendations into activities, processes and structures that enable, or hinder, communities in disaster resilience building including how community energy and momentum are sustained or blocked.

Join us online where we’ll dive more deeply into some of the key findings from this research, including recommendations for philanthropy, emergency management agencies, community organisations and other stakeholders in the recovery and resilience ecosystem.

FRRR's CEO, Natalie Egleton will host this discussion.  She'll be joined with University of Sydney researcher, Amanda Howard and a representative from one of the participating communities.


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