Resilience & Preparedness Group
About the Group
The Resilience & Preparedness Group was established under the Blue Mountains Bushfire Recovery Wellbeing Sub-committee after the October 2013 bushfires. The Group consists of a range of community sector, representatives of government agencies (eg health, education, Local Emergency Management Committee) and local emergency services personnel (eg RFS).Through the Wellbeing Sub-committee, Work is now ongoing to build up formal and informal relationships with Council, the Local Emergency Management Committee, and local emergency services generally.
The Resilience & Preparedness Group receives funding from Emergency NSW through the Community Resilience Innovation Program (CRIP); the Westpac Group through the Natural Disaster Recovery Fund; and the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal FRRR) through the Repair-Restore-Renew 2013 Program.
The Resilience & Preparedness Group aims to strengthen relationships between emergency services and the community sector at an organisational level, and thus provide a united platform for the delivery of a broad range of resilience and preparedness programs within the community.
Specific goals are to develop community sector networks to support vulnerable and at risk residents, household preparedness and service system preparedness in the Blue Mountains.
The Resilience & Preparedness Group has adopted a two-fold approach - Household Preparedness and Community Sector Development.
Household Preparedness supports local residents to practically and psychologically prepare for emergencies.
Programs include More Than a Fire Plan, Heads Up For Fire, Meet Your Street and Preparedness Clinics.
Community Sector Development supports people working with the vulnerable through programs like Planning for Emergencies and Upskilling Volunteers.
How often: The Resilience & Preparedness Group meets from 2 to 4pm on the 1st Wednesday of each month.
Where: The MCRN Meeting Room, Lawson.