RESILIENCE: Vicki Forrest is looking forward to learning how to help her community in a natural disaster.
RESILIENCE: Vicki Forrest is looking forward to learning how to help her community in a natural disaster. Adam Hourigan

Workshop to improve community disaster resilience

THERE was one story at the Disaster Resilience Leadership Workshop briefing that made Vicki Forrest decide to sign up.

If someone with a mental health issue who was heavily dependent on medication got flooded in and no one in the community knew about it, they would not have access to the medication they needed.

"That's a serious problem," Vicki said.

"It's all about the community."

NSW SES, Department Primary Industries, Clarence Valley Council and Volunteering QLD will run the workshop.

It will look at things like disaster management, emotional impacts of disaster and resilience building.

The workshop will also help participants develop a community action plan to deal with any situation.

Vicki said she was interested in the workshop because she lived in flood-prone Copmanhurst, and because of her work.

"I work for Ability Links," she said.

"The workshop is community-based, as is my field of work.

"I intend to take the things I learnt there to the people I work with and my colleagues."

Vicki encouraged people to join.

"Natural disasters always bring people together."

She hoped this workshop would help people effectively work together, too.

Lunch, morning and afternoon tea will be provided.

 

DETAILS

The workshop is on June 20- 21.

RSVP by June 15.

Phone 6641 6900.



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