Disability Inclusive and Disaster Resilient Queensland project
Queensland has been through a run of disasters in the past couple of years. Fire, flood and flu: we’ve had it all. There’s been a lot in the media about our disaster responses and how we can better be prepared. What has been missing from the conversation was how people with disability are affected by disasters, and how we should be tailoring our responses.
An initiative several years in the making, the Disability Inclusive and Disaster Resilient Queensland project has developed the Disability Inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction (DIDRR) Framework and Toolkit for Queensland. The aim is to spotlight the needs of people with disabilities and to have solid policies in place with how to respond to those needs in an emergency.
An important tool in this toolkit is the Person-Centred Emergency Preparedness Workbook, which is a practical conversation guide for people with disabilities to work through to develop an emergency preparedness plan tailored to their individual support needs.
This workbook, and more information on the DIDRR Framework and Toolkit, can be found on the Queenslanders with Disabilities Network website, here: qdn.org.au/our-work/our-projects-2/disability-inclusive-and-disaster-resilient-queensland.