Green Cross Australia | The Race to Resilience

Uploaded by VolunteeringQldTV on 31.07.2011

Our idea was if we are to think about the future in the context of the
challenges of population growth and the trends in severe weather, we need
to recognise that communities have to reach back to a culture of self-reliance.
Because we all know that when major events happen it’s really clear who is
going to be there to save us, and it’s actually us.
And Queenslanders who have been through these events over generations
understand that but with so many new comers that aren’t aware of the history
our idea was if we could connect a historical understanding of the patterns of
severe weather with a sense of trends towards the future and then give
practical tools for self-reliance that, that would be a very, very useful
contribution. For the top 100 events we will create a case
study that deepens your understanding, going back to the archives
of the State Library of Qld, of the Bureau of Meteorology or eye witnesses to
major cyclones that happened in the early 1900’s of the data logs that are
still available of the major events that happened in the 1850’s and 60’s.
So the key messages of this program are: Be aware of the history of weather
in your region, and the future projected trends. Be prepared; understand the
practical steps that you can take to protect your home, your family and your
community. And then share that knowledge. We encourage people to build their own self-awareness
of their hazard exposure. We then encourage them to become
prepared by using what is called a three step application. Basically,
it’s an online tool where you share a little bit of information with the website
about “where is your home? Is it on the beach, the mountain, is it bushfire, is
it storm surge exposed? Do you have pets? Do you have children? Do you have
people in your family that rely on back-up power? What are your particular
needs? And from that will come on one hand a home and thirty steps you can
take to prepare that home… and we will work with James Cook University
on cyclone preparedness and others on floods, and so forth. Up will come
another image of family and how you should think about pets and children and
older people. What is an emergency evacuation kit? Where are the shelters
in your area? What are your local governments evacuation plans? Etc.
Then on a third dedicated area we are working with Volunteering Qld where
we will talk about community engagement. Are you aware of the local SES in
your area? Have you come together with your neighbours? Have you
approached your local government about preparing for these kinds of
events? This is an example of how you would create,
what we call, a personal preparedness plan. All of this plan will be
wrapped up into something called a widget, which is a little bit like a personal
little banner ad and you can share that on your Facebook page. So you can tell
your family and your friends this is what we are doing to become prepared.
That was the idea of Harden Up and