New handbooks build capability for disaster resilience

The Australian Institute for Disaster Resilience recently published two new handbooks to build disaster resilience capability. The resources assist individuals and organisations to review their current arrangements, and plan for future emergencies, using nationally agreed principles.

A new addition to the Handbook Collection, the Communities Responding to Disasters: Planning for Spontaneous Volunteers Handbook recognises the important role spontaneous volunteers can play in emergencies. The handbook outlines nationally agreed principles to support communities responding to disasters, and provides strategies for coordinating and supporting spontaneous volunteers as part of that process.

A revised edition of the Evacuation Planning Handbook is also available, providing guidelines and considerations to support evacuation planning from an all-hazards perspective. The handbook uses the nationally recognised five stages of the evacuation process as a framework to maximise the efficiency and effectiveness of an evacuation. 

Both handbooks, and supporting resources, can be read online or downloaded free on the AIDR Knowledge Hub:

Evacuation Planning Handbook

Communities Responding to Disasters: Planning for Spontaneous Volunteers Handbook

Hard copies are available for purchase by contacting AIDR

Radio Adelaide: New handbooks for building disaster resilience

AIDR Director of Engagement & Projects Amanda Lamont appeared on Radio Adelaide's Small Change with Lisa Burns to discuss the purpose and development of the handbooks, and their role in engaging a broad audience for resilience. 

Listen to the Small Change podcast