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Climate change and disaster resilience

Climate change is increasing the intensity and frequency of bushfires and extreme weather events, but the impacts are not felt by all people equally. People experiencing poverty, poor health, frailty and disability bear the greatest burden and are most at risk. 

SACOSS has been active in a range  of areas in helping to advance work in this area and helping the sector to adapt and prepare.

This has included our disaster risk reduction workshops across 2021 and our 2021 conferences Liveable Futures and Building a Climate Resilient Community Sector.

Developing a more disaster resilient health and community services sector will involve a long-term commitment from across the sector and all levels of government. The contribution of community service organisations in building resilience is recognised in the Stronger Together - South Australian Disaster Resilience Strategy 2019-2024. As outlined in this strategy, the work of community service organisations is complimentary to the contributions of commonwealth, state and local governments.

The SACOSS Disaster Resilience Project has been funded in 2020/21 through SAFECOM as an outcome of South Australia’s Disaster Resilience Strategy 2019-2024. SACOSS has established a range of resources for service providers to facilitate access to information, links and resources to build organisational disaster resilience, as well as provide information for clients and community members to enable them to plan for emergencies, disasters and extreme weather events so they can maximise their safety during such an event and recover well afterwards.

To read the Disaster Resilience Project Consultation Report, go here.

The Disaster Resilience Project Report can be downloaded here as a PDF and as a Word document

2023 Documents

You can download the following SACOSS and Australian Red Cross documents concerning disaster resilience from 2023 below:

People at risk in emergencies framework for South Australia
Second Implementation Plan
Monitoring and Evaluation Strategy
Mid-term Review Report May 2023


How to build emergency preparedness and climate resilience
How to help clients prepare, respond and recover
Practical resources for clients and community members
Case studies
SA and national strategies and frameworks
BoM Climate Briefing October 2023

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