Prepare – take steps before an incident to ensure effective response and recovery
Get Ready Queensland
When it comes to extreme weather events in Queensland, it’s not so much a matter of ‘if’ but ‘when’. The more prepared our community is, the faster we will recover afterwards. The Queensland Government’s Get Ready Queensland website contains detailed information and fact sheets about what you need to know about preparing for a disaster. Each person in the Whitsunday Region should take time to conduct preparedness activities around the home and business or sit down with the family to talk about your Household Emergency Plan.
Community resilience is a community’s capacity to absorb disturbance and respond positively to a crisis. Resilient communities are ones where residents are connected to one another and work together in ways that enable it to function in the face of stress and trauma. It has the ability to adapt to changes in the physical, social, or economic environment and is able to learn from experience and improve over time.
A community’s positive response to a disaster can also allow us to focus on our capabilities and strengths and less on our vulnerabilities. There is no hard and fast rule on how to build community resilience however it is best strengthened continuously, not just in times of crisis. For example, do you know your neighbours? Are you actively involved in your local community? Do you know what to do before, during and after a natural disaster?