One of the major lessons from the disasters Queensland faced during the past summer was the lack of simple tools that help people prepare and be more resilient. With that in mind Volunteering Queensland has launched Australia's first interactive online disaster preparedness tool – the Disaster Readiness Index.
Queenslanders are encouraged to take the Disaster Readiness Index to check their level of preparedness for extreme weather events and view an individualised improvement and action guide.
The Honourable Neil Roberts MP, Minister for Police, Corrective Services and Emergency Services, launched the Readiness Index and said it would contribute to building Queensland's resilience. Minister Roberts said:
It's my pleasure to officially kick off the Disaster Readiness Index I would like to thank and congratulate Volunteering Queensland on the development of this important resource. The online portal and index will be great additions to Queensland's strategies to help increase the community's preparation and resilience during times of natural disaster.
Volunteering Queensland CEO, Jelenko Dragisic, said that disaster preparedness is essential to both reducing the impact of natural disasters as well as building resilience within our local communities.
"To date there hasn't been any online interactive resources in this area. We felt it was very important to develop this tool to help Queenslanders prepare for future disasters. The Disaster Readiness Index is a critical part of our Step Up Program which empowers people with the necessary knowledge, tools and resources to build community self-reliance," said Mr Dragisic.
Thanks must also go the Dr Paul Barnes and Oksana Zelenko, both of QUT for their insights and wisdom into risk communication and using digital technologies for disaster preparedness.
There was a wide range of guests representing government, emergency services, not for profits, academia, community flood recovery practitioners and digital technologists. The practice experience and expertise was invaluable, particularly during the interactive workshop in which participants were asked to design an entirely new digital preparedness resource (the less feasible the better). The Green team with their Master of Disaster idea certainly took the stage by storm.
One person this morning actually got 100/100 on the Disaster Readiness Index - a genuinely remarkable achievement! I wonder how many more will come! Want to find out how disaster prepared you are? Take the Disaster Readiness Index now.