Community Resilience

Community engagement is an essential ingredient in developing community resilience. It ensures that our communities feel empowered and confident that they can deal with emergency situations.

The very nature of emergency services demands that we actively engage with communities - listening to what they have to tell us and using their feedback to continuously improve our own processes.

Community engagement is also about ensuring that communities understand their risks and ways of mitigating these risks - enabling them to be prepared in times of an emergency.

Many communities are susceptible to natural hazard consequences. While the consequences themselves cannot be prevented, their implications for the rate of recovery within the community are influenced by the preparedness of the community and its capacity to mitigate and/or adapt to disruptive consequences (its resilience).

Emergency management has recognised the power of this resilience within a community and this has driven the momentum for change from a response-based approach to a risk management focus.

The implications of this change in approach to emergency management significantly impacts in the way we do business with regards to risk communication, hazard mitigation, community development and community sustainability.

National Strategy for Disaster Resilience

The National Strategy for Disaster Resilience was endorsed by the Council of Australian Governments in February 2011. The purpose of the Strategy is to provide high-level guidance on disaster management to federal, state and local governments, business and community leaders and the not-for-profit sector. To view the Strategy, click here.

Examples of projects being undertaken throughout Australia that support the National Strategy can be found in the National Strategy for Disaster Resilience: Companion Booklet. To view the Companion Booklet, click here.