“The first UN survey on disability and disasters found the majority of respondents with disability (85.57%) from 137 countries had not participated in community-level disaster risk reduction (DRR). Only 20% were able to evacuate effectively, rising to 38% when appropriate information was available (UNISDR, 2014).” Disability-Inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction (DIDRR) Framework and Toolkit, 2019

Industry is well-placed to change this. We have the trusted relationships, networks and deep understanding of specific needs to put people with disability at the centre of business continuity planning.

CSIA is partnering with The University of Sydney, the Department of Communities, Disability Services and Seniors and Queenslanders with Disability Network on the Disability-Inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction (DIDRR) project.

The DIDRR project involved extensive research and community engagement to co-design resources that increase resilience for people with disability during times of disaster.

This blog reveals the findings of the project, the identified key players and actions you can take in your local community to co-design better outcomes for people with disability.

Identifying the players

People with disability are often excluded from disaster management and resilience activities in local areas leaving them vulnerable during times of disaster. Together we can make a pledge to change this, to build stronger community resilience through co-design.

While people with disabilities have the lived experience, community-based organisations bring service knowledge integral to planning.

The other key player in the building of community resilience are the Disaster Management Groups (DMG). These groups are set up and supported by local councils, and are responsible for education and awareness of what to do during times of disaster.

People with disability, community based organisations and DMGs have shared responsibility in creating resilience for people with disability during times of disaster.

Bringing these groups together in your local area is a critical success factor in co-designing solutions for better planning.

Co-designing Innovation

The DIDRR Framework and Toolkit was developed through a co-design process with 250 people and provides the tools, resources and supports you need to advance DIDRR in your local community.

The first phase of the project focused on four local government areas: Brisbane, Ipswich and surrounds, Rockhampton and Townsville.

Participants included people with disability and stakeholders from the disability, community, health, emergency management sectors and local government.

The co-design process brought together research on inclusive disaster risk reduction with a cross-sector process of storytelling and knowledge exchange in each region.

The culmination of research and data from the community engagement process resulted in the DIDRR Framework, Toolkit and a suite of companion resources available online.

DIDRR Framework and Toolkit

The DIDRR Framework and Toolkit includes practical actions you can take in collaboration with people with disability and your local DMG to co-design DIDRR innovations specific to your area and ensure greater resilience for people with disability.

The Framework has a range of practice tips your organisation can implement today including planning conversations with people with disability, incorporating the support needs of those people in your business continuity planning and adding DIDRR processes to staff induction and training programs.

Don’t wait any longer. Starting the co-design process today is essential to the resilience of people with disability in your local area.

The DIDRR Framework and Toolkit was launched by Minister for Communities and Minister for Disability Services and Seniors Coralee O’Rourke today.

Download the Framework and Toolkit today and re-evaluate your business continuity plan.