On a date to be announced soon, the TJ Ryan Foundation will host a free public seminar on ‘Disaster Management: Resilience and Recovery’. The seminar will feature a distinguished panel of government representatives and health experts, addressing Queensland’s capabilities in responding to increasingly destructive natural disasters.
The event will be held in the Gibson Room, Z Block, at QUT’s Gardens Point campus. Doors will open at 5.30PM for a 6PM commencement; light refreshments will be provided.
Details of panel speakers and the seminar chair can be found in the event flyer below. If attending, please RSVP for catering purposes to: Dr Mary Crawford.
Disaster survivors feel more prepared for the next one but are often left out of planning
Lara Werbeloff amd colleagues write in The Conversation (14.2.22) about how disaster-affected communities typically form the backbone of any disaster response. But, the authors argue, survivors are often underutilised in shaping plans for their community’s longer-term recovery and preparedness efforts.
‘Many Australians who have survived a disaster feel more confident their communities are prepared for the next one. But a third of those living in disaster prone areas don’t feel at all prepared for a disaster, or confident in their ability to recover well.
‘These are just some of the findings from the national Fire to Flourish survey run by Monash University, which asked more than 3,500 Australians about their perceptions of preparedness and resilience to disasters.
‘Our research suggests one of the greatest assets following a disaster is the people who experience them. But this asset is hugely underutilised.
‘Climate projections indicate disasters are going to increase in frequency and severity. But rather than waiting for disaster to strike, there’s an opportunity to be working directly with communities now to build pre-disaster resilience.’