Storm season is nearly here. Is your organisation ready?

This week the CSIA, together with the Queensland Government, launched the Disaster Management and Recovery Toolkit which has been designed for the Community Services Industry, particularly smaller organisations.

The heavy rainfall we’ve been experiencing across parts of Queensland in the lead up to publishing this post is a timely reminder that storm season is – in fact – just around the corner for us.

The Disaster Management and Recovery Toolkit is designed to support community organisations to plan and prepare for disaster of all kinds, including the storm season.  Knowing what a vital role community service organisations play before, during and after disaster, we have compiled a suite of resources to make sure you’re able to stay on your feet when you’re needed most.

Right at the exact time there is a huge demand on your resources and capabilities, your own infrastructure and capacity can be at risk. After all, you’re not immune to disaster just because your organisation comes under the banner of ‘vital community service’.

To support the toolkit, we have compiled a range of other resources available on our website.  We are also interested to know what you think so you will find on the website an invitation to give us feedback about content and usability.

We have valued the partnership with the Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services, Griffith University Social Innovation Hub, Fiona Caniglia, Louise Hughes and all the people in all the networks across Queensland who have supported the co-production of the toolkit.

Check out each piece in one spot right here:

The toolkit

The toolkit offers an end-to-end approach to planning for, managing and recovering from disasters if you’re a community service organisation.

There are theories, steps, scenarios and templates for you to leverage.

It’s all derived from the excellent research compiled on our behalf by Griffith University.

The business continuity planning template

The business continuity planning template has been developed as a step-by-step companion product for use with the toolkit.

As you work your way through the toolkit, you will there is a corresponding section in the business continuity planning template where you can take action.

This document is also meant to act as a quick record of what your organisation needs to do and know during a disaster. It’s important to keep digital and hard copies of this in a number of places and to practice the scenarios frequently.

The quick checklist

This is exactly what it claims to be: a quick checklist that identifies whether you’re already prepared or whether there is still work to be done in your organisation.

It’s a starting point, and not the whole process.

The research

And in case you think for a moment that there is no basis to the approaches we’ve put forward for your organisation’s disaster management and recovery preparation efforts… here’s the research that started it all.

The research also forms a very solid launch pad from which we can talk about the role of community service organisations in helping our local communities, states, or even the nation to continually rise above disaster.

There’s more to disasters than storms

While storms are the most common disaster we deal with where the CSIA headquarters are based in Queensland, there are a wide variety of disasters for which we all need to prepare.

Some of those other types of disasters include:

  • cyber-attack
  • terrorism
  • bushfires
  • flooding
  • cyclones.

The good news is that this suite of resources will help you navigate the whole gamut.

And if you still need more help

If you need help to guide your organisation through the disaster management and recovery preparation process, reach out to my team at the CSIA.

We’re more than happy to get you the help you need.