Heatwave and Bushfire Preparedness Planning for the Health and Community Services Sector is brought to you, on behalf of the South Australian Government, by Australian Red Cross and South Australian Council of Social Service, and with the support of the People at Risk in Emergencies Project stakeholders.
How might your organisation be better prepared so that your staff and the people you work with are ready for the upcoming heatwave and bushfire season?
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Heatwave and Bushfire Preparedness Planning for the Health and Community Services Sector
We are all more at risk at different points in our lives, which affects our ability to prepare for, cope with and recover from emergencies. However, some people’s circumstances mean they might have more difficulties coping when emergencies happen. For instance, people living with certain risk factors, who are often supported by the health and community services (H&CS) sector, tend to bear the brunt of climate extremes and disasters, being overrepresented in emergency impacts and experiencing a longer recovery journey. Ensuring that H&CS organisations are well prepared and have plans to incorporate emergency preparedness activities into their everyday services, support and activities for people at risk, presents a great opportunity to strengthen people’s independence and ability to manage their own wellbeing, while also reducing suffering when emergencies occur.
This session is intended for organisational leadership across the H&CS sector, including risk managers, service managers and other executive managers, and aims to contribute to the above through sharing information about:
- the long range weather forecast and environmental conditions for the summer period 2023-2024
- emergency management agency preparations and approaches to planning for heatwave and bushfire response for people at risk
- examples of how other service providers have prepared
- hypothetical scenarios to aid discussion about potential improvements to agency preparedness plans and activities
Date: Tuesday 19 September 2023
Time: 9.00am - 1.00pm, followed by lunch and networking
Venue: SA Fire and Emergency Services Commission (SAFECOM)
Kumpati Trruku (ESS HQ)
Ground floor, 37 Richmond Road, Keswick SA 5035