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Building Disaster Resilience

With extreme climate events happening all around Australia and the world, we are experiencing more periodic and severe natural disasters. This results in trauma and physical impacts in our communities, and recovery is even more challenging for the industry and government.

Gradually more research is aimed at increasing Australia's disaster resilience. Tools are being developed daily to help affected individuals around the country and prepare communities for potential major weather catastrophes.

In the AgInnovate team, our specialists work with farming families regularly experiencing weather tragedies affecting their enterprises, so we strive to create more robust and risk-averse businesses. Our team members have been affected by drought, bushfire and flood and some have therefore directed their focus to disaster recovery and helping others.

Here are some of the tips on how to prepare for a natural disaster:

1. Prepare your emergency plan, which includes preparing your household in four simple steps.

2. Prepare for evacuation.

3. Pack your emergency kit.

4. Prepare your home.

5. Tune into warnings.

6. Check your neighbours.

7. Pet emergency plan.

8. Get ready.

We are delighted to see that the last three years of increasing disasters have created a learning curve that is now positively impacting the flood victims in Victoria.

Whilst we are aware no response will ever be perfect, some observations show that a focus on community-led recovery has resulted in stronger collaborations between the community, emergency services and the government. Thanks to this, quicker decisions have been made around funding for roads, clean-ups and grants, and support groups like Foodbank and Neighbourhood Houses have become partners to feed and accommodate affected communities.

A support package has been made available for flood-affected farmers offering $10,000 grants to cover the costs of clean-up, up to $15,000 worth of transport subsidies to bring in emergency fodder, stock drinking water or move your livestock, plus up to $250,000 individual concessional loans for primary producers to cover short-term business expenses and replace damaged infrastructure resulting from the emergency. Visit the Agriculture Victoria website for more information.

The ADF's quick response and growing deployment are the most vital part of instant emergency recovery. We are pleased that Emergency Recovery Victoria has instantly set up a hotline to help navigate assistance, temporary accommodation, mental health, and well-being. Find the hotline number and more information here if you are directly affected or know someone who requires help.

It is promising to watch the political will shown here compared with the post-Black Summer fires recoveries and the early 2022 floods. Learn more about the extra support provided by the Victorian government for flood-affected regions by visiting this website:

Let's hope we can keep the momentum going and Australians safe. Everyone’s focus should be on building community’s and individual’s resilience so we can all adapt to difficult situations quicker.

If you would like more information, please contact the wonderful Sabrina Davis -

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