Natural disasters such as floods, severe storms, bushfires and heatwaves, significantly impact on lives, property and the environment. They typically require a substantial and coordinated multi-agency and community commitment to both response and recovery.
These disasters have a significant financial and social impact upon the residents of the state. Over the last 14 years more than 220 Natural Disaster Declarations have been made by the NSW government. These declarations recognise the severity of an event by enabling Commonwealth Government Funding. These disasters have affected nearly every Local Government Area across the state.
There is increasing evidence that investment in disaster preparedness provides significant savings in response and recovery.
The Australian Governments’ Productivity Commission Report into Natural Disaster Funding highlights the unsustainable nature of post disaster recovery funding, identifying the need for greater investment into mitigation efforts.
Effective, collaborative disaster preparedness leads to increased community and organisational resilience.
The Hunter Joint Organisation of Councils is undertaking two discrete, yet interconnected, projects focussing on increasing disaster preparedness in local government and Community Service Organisations.
These projects are both funded under the joint State and Commonwealth Natural Disaster Resilience Program