A joint partnership between the Australian Red Cross and local government, funded by the Natural Disaster Resilience Program (NDRP), saw a very successful campaign encouraging the Augusta Margaret River communities to adopt a ‘shared responsibility’ approach to preparedness. The program, led by a multi-agency steering committee, used the expertise from all emergency management agencies as well as the local experiences and knowledge of community members.
This project was recognised in the 2014 Resilient Australia Awards for excellence in strengthening community resilience to disasters, with some key highlights of the program including:
Get Ready! Sessions educated participants on a wide range of hazards and preparedness activities Topical local disasters highlighted the need for an all hazards approachKey messages promoted throughout the community, including getting to know your neighbour A resource library to allow shared learning across the community was made available