Community groups are vital in disasters

GOVERNMENTS should begin harnessing the power of community organisations in disaster planning.

With bushfires, heatwaves and floods on the rise, a new report Building resilient communities declares it’s time official emergency management strategies embraced the experience and connections of community organisations.

Community organisations help Victorians get ready for disasters and then get back on their feet.

With community connections, frontline experience and specialist skills, they must be brought more closely into emergency management planning. Governments disregard the value of the community sector at their peril.

For too long, the important role of community organisations in helping communities band together to face disasters and overcome them has been largely overlooked.

They are connected with people, they are able to swing networks into action, and they are best-placed to provide frontline support.

Emma King,

Victorian Council of Social Service CEO

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