With funding support from the Australian Government’s National Emergency Management Project, the Torrens Resilience Institute has developed a household resilience toolkit, which will be available to government departments, non-government organisations and community based organisations serving vulnerable populations.

There are two parts included in this tool which combine to provide any community-based organisation (e.g., community service organisation or community club) with the materials necessary to stimulate conversation about disaster resilience and provide useful information to members of potentially vulnerable households.

Part 1: The Agency Resource Tool outlines areas of information which may be critical to a household trying to become more resilient in the face of emergencies or disasters. The specific information to be collected by the Agency must be relevant to the community in which the households are geographically located, and this information may be available through the local government website. The level of information available within each council area may differ and some of the more vulnerable households may not be able to access web-based information, therefore printed materials, or telephone contact numbers may be helpful.

Part 2: The Household Resilience Conversation Guide provides the individual worker or volunteer going into households with key questions or topic areas that can be used to initiate the process of increasing resilience in the face of emergencies or disasters. In response to identified areas for action, the worker should be equipped with the information identified in the Agency Resource Tool to share with the household.

 

The project report and toolkit can be downloaded here: Household Resilience Report and Toolkit (PDF 751KB)