Disaster Resilient: Future Ready

Helping communities better withstand the impacts of natural disasters

The occurrence of natural disasters in rural, regional and remote communities is on the rise, with significant consequences: mental health issues, impacts to health and wellbeing, and increased disadvantage.

FRRR and our partners know that communities that are supported to build their capacity are better able to respond to the impacts of natural disasters. That’s why we have developed the Disaster Resilient: Future Ready program.

This multi-stage program involves a practical, whole-of-community evidence-based approach that communities can adopt to build their resilience and adaptive capacity to enable them to be well prepared before, and bounce back stronger and better, after a disaster.

This program is for partner communities only, and not for public application.

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An applied research project

Leveraging our experience in community recovery, bridging disaster recovery and preparedness with community development approaches, FRRR is undertaking an applied research project to produce a framework and processes for communities to use to enable disaster resilience. We are using practical and evidence-based methods that communities can adapt to be Disaster Resilient: Future Ready.

The Disaster Resilient: Future Ready project uses a participatory action research and co-design methodology. We’re leveraging current research and engaging a broad range of stakeholders to work with communities to develop and evaluate reality-tested indicators, methods and tools for building resilience.

DRFR Research Methodology
Stages of the DR:FR project

The expected outcomes of the project include:

  • improved coordination and collaboration within and between communities, agencies and governments;
  • improved mental health outcomes post-disaster;
  • increased levels of local leadership; and
  • reduced costs to the Australian economy.

Latest updates

All three NSW Pilot Communities are currently implementing their chosen projects to better support each other in readiness for their local emergencies, with positive responses seen in each community. The projects are being monitored and evaluated to establish an evidence base of best practice approaches that can be adopted and adapted on a national-scale for other communities, so they too can improve their preparedness and resilience.

DR:FR NSW pilot community meeting
National Extension – Victoria

We’ve commenced Stage 5 of the project (National Extension), beginning discussions with seven communities (video) in Victoria. Following an initial consultation period, each of these communities will be invited to submit an Expression of Interest to participate as a pilot community in the program.

The DR:FR program has taken on board some key learnings identified by the Get Ready NSW Program, which has seen some fine tuning of the overall program to provide even stronger outcomes for these communities.

Learn more about what is happening in each state on the DR:FR community pages:

More partners welcome

If you share our views about the urgency of this issue and have an interest in working collaboratively to develop systemic, sustainable and community-led, place-based responses, we encourage you to read further and get in touch to explore how you can join the partnership and be part of leveraging a solution. Download the Disaster Resilient: Future Ready project overview.

To explore partnering in this project, we encourage you to speak with Nina O’Brien, Disaster Resilience and Recovery Lead.

“Every dollar you spend upfront in some type of resilience initiative can be helpful to prevent the
same recurring events that happen if all you do is respond after disasters.”
Joe Ruiz, Director of UPS Humanitarian Relief Program