Disasters explained

What is a disaster?

A disaster:

  • Is a serious disruption to community life
  • May threaten or cause death, injury or property damage
  • Requires a significant and coordinated response by the ACT Government and other agencies
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Community resilience explained

What is community resilience?

Community Resilience is a complex topic so there's not just one definition. When defining community resilience we prefer to use the definition provided by the Australian Government's Social Inclusion Board:

Community resilience means the capacity of communities to respond positively to crises. It is the ability of a community to adapt to pressures and transform itself in a way which makes it more sustainable in the future. Rather than simply 'survive' the stressor or change, a resilient community might respond in creative ways that fundamentally transform the basis of the community.

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PPRR explained

Disasters have a cyclic four stage lifecycle. Understanding this lifecycle helps us to be prepared for disasters, respond safely and recover quickly and effectively.

At each stage there are different things to know, different actions we should take and different ways we connect with people. These stages can change rapidly and often overlap.

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Disaster response agencies explained

Under the community recovery plan VolunteeringACT partners with a number of agencies to assist with the provision of Emergency Recovery. Take a look at the list below to get informed on how they fit in.

Support agencies

  • St Vincent de Paul Society
  • Salvation Army
  • Smith Family
  • Anglicare
  • ADRA (Adventist Development and Relief Agency Australia Ltd)
  • Regional Community Services
  • Centrelink
  • ACT Mental Health
  • VolunteeringACT
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