Blue Mountains Community Services Sector Launches Resources for Preparedness
17 Jun 2016
The Hon. David Elliott, NSW Minister for Emergency Services, launched the two resources on Friday 17 June at the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre. Both projects were overseen by the Resilience & Preparedness Group.
The ‘BSAFE’ Project investigated a number of preparedness activities piloted in the Blue Mountains to build community resilience to future bush fires and other emergencies. This resulted in the development of a Community Action Framework and various tools to collect data, engage community groups and improve community discussions. The ‘BSAFE’ Project was the work of BLINN, The Blue Mountains and Lithgow Integrated Neighbourhood Network, in collaboration with Drs Sarah Redshaw and Valerie Ingham from Charles Sturt University’s Institute for Land, Water and Society. Preparedness programs evaluated under the BSAFE project have directly reached almost 700 households within the Blue Mountains, NSW. The programs, Meet Your Street, More Than a Fire Plan and Heads Up For Fire, were aimed at enabling people to think about and commit to household preparedness measures. Data collection was designed to measure changes in household engagement with preparedness activities as a result of attending the programs.
The Get Ready! Guide is a practical resource to support the Blue Mountains community services sector to prepare for emergencies. This resource include seven key steps for organisations to take to ensure they are better prepared for disasters and to look at ways to increase their capacity; along with links to further resources and reflections from workers in the community sector who have experienced emergency situations. The Get Ready! Guide was coordinated by Mountains Community Resource network and developed through consultation with the local community services sector with support from local emergency services and government agencies.