Weather the Storm – An Award Winning Kit Supporting Women to Prepare for Disasters and Emergencies

13 Nov

What are you planning to do to ensure the safety of you and your family / community this summer?

 

 

 

Weather the Storm 

An Award Winning Kit Supporting Women to Prepare for Disasters and Emergencies

 

As Dorothea Mackellar said, we live in a land of droughts and flooding rains.  Each summer, Australians seem to experience a greater range of natural disasters – more frequently and often with greater intensity, than we have experienced in the past.

As individuals and communities, we are all urged by authorities to prepare for our summer natural disaster season.  How well does your community group prepare?  Do you suspect that you should do more as a collective, but are unsure as to how you might do this?

The National Rural Women’s Coalition has prepared a FREE kit called Weather the Storm which is designed to support women to prepare for disasters and emergencies.  The kit is designed to be used with groups of between 5 -15 people, and contains 3 manuals for an appointed facilitator to use.  It is written as 3 x 5 hour group sessions, however can be configured to suit the time available. Topics include preparing evacuation and stay-at-home kits; using weather forecasts wisely; psychological preparedness, developing your personal plan including food menus; ensuring safety of your important documents and keepsakes and examining recovery options.

Weather the Storm consists of three manuals, which can be downloaded here.

The kit is set out and designed so it can be delivered for community groups.  It can be used by anyone, however some skills or awareness of group facilitation would be useful.

Part 1 – Manual.  This manual gives a step-by-step guide to planning and delivering the program and can be adapted to fit different communities and varying natural disaster types e.g. cyclones, floods, bushfires etc.  It follows a ‘think and discover, plan, design, deliver and evaluate’ format.  The content of the program is set out in a manner that is easy to follow e.g. how to set up, what to do as women arrive, how to work through the session and how to end the sessions etc.

Part 2 – Tools and Templates.    This section has all the specific information, worksheets and tools needed to design a program.  It includes sample invitation letters, worksheets, participation certificates, post program surveys etc.

Part 3 – Resources.  This section has the resources which you can print off and provide as handouts to participants or resources to set up e.g. an emergency bushfire kit contents; how to use BOM information services.

How is your preparedness for our summer season going?  We invite you to check out and download the FREE Weather the Storm kit which has been used in a variety of communities throughout Australia.  The National Rural Women’s Coalition was honoured when this kit won a Highly Commended at the 2013 Resilient Australia Awards.

What are you planning to do to ensure the safety of you and your family / community this summer?

 


 

 

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Canberra ACT 2601

 

 

 

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