Australia’s New Resilience Corps helps prepare and protect communities from disasters

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The Australian Resilience Corps was developed by Minderoo Foundation with its founding partner NRMA Insurance to create a nationwide network of specially trained volunteers to help prepare Australians against natural disasters and extreme weather conditions. The Corps trains and connects volunteers with existing community volunteer organizations to support work that helps communities at risk of natural disasters move from recovery to resilience.

Two years after the devastating Black Summer bushfires, less than a year since the Perth Hills fires and following flooding in South East Queensland and New South Wales, the goal is to encourage Australians to rally and join what will become the world’s largest network of volunteers to prepare and protect communities from fires and floods.

Along with founding partner NRMA Insurance, the Minderoo Foundation works with a range of Australian volunteer partners including Volunteering Australia, Disaster Relief Australia, Red Cross, Rural Aid, Lifeline Australia, Lions, Rotary WA, BlazeAid and the Australian Institute of Disaster Resilience (AIDR).

We are proud to work with the Minderoo Foundation as a founding partner of the Australian Resilience Corps, a national platform of volunteers to help communities build their resilience to the impacts of extreme weather conditions.

Julie lot

Director of the NRMA insurance group

Minderoo Foundation President Dr Andrew Forrest AO and Co-Chair Nicola Forrest AO said at a time when extreme weather events were on the increase due to climate change, it was essential to focus on natural disasters from reaction to preparation to save lives and sustain the nation. .

“Seeing the influx of aid following the Black Summer bushfires and hearing from the communities themselves inspired us to work with partners to provide opportunities for Australians to direct their goodwill towards off-season activities. “said the Forrest.

“By coming together to prepare for fires and floods each year, we can make what seems impossible possible and make our communities resilient in the face of devastation caused.

“It’s a program for Australia.”

In Australia, 97 percent of all disaster funding is spent after the event, with just three percent committed to mitigation actions before a natural disaster.

NRMA Insurance Group Director Julie Batch said: “We are proud to work with the Minderoo Foundation as a founding partner of the Australian Resilience Corps, a national platform of volunteers to help communities build resilience. to the impacts of extreme weather conditions. We know that our own employees at NRMA Insurance – who see first-hand the heart-wrenching impact of extreme weather on our clients – are excited to join the Corps and help their communities be better prepared, stronger and more resilient. ”

Minderoo Foundation Fire and Flood Resilience Initiative CEO Adrian Turner said shifting both investment in natural disasters and the recovery mindset is critical resilience to better protect people, wildlife and our country, including regional economies.

“Having struggled to protect my brother’s home in the Kangaroo Valley during the 2019-2020 bushfires, I know from experience that preparing and actively managing the land saved the property and our lives,” Mr. Turner.

“We are grateful to our partners for working with us to build the resilience of the most vulnerable communities across Australia by giving everyone the opportunity to develop and help.”

A fire inside: a book. A movie. A movement.

The Australian Resilience Corps is part of a larger ambition to inspire Australians to Support the Power of Aid, which includes a feature documentary and book supported by NRMA Insurance.

The Corps is being launched at the same time as the film “A Fire Inside”, produced by FINCH and made possible with support from NRMA Insurance. The film highlights the extraordinary spirit of volunteering during the black summer 2019-2020 bushfires and presents the Australian Resilience Corps as a meaningful and tangible way for Australians to help protect communities from future devastating disasters.

Shifting the focus from recovery to resilience

Leading Australian companies such as Optus, Boston Consulting Group and others support the Australian Resilience Corps through employee engagement as volunteers.

While one in three Australians volunteer each year, the number of hours Australians dedicate to volunteering fell by 20% between 2014 and 2019 due to several factors, including people not knowing how to get involved. More recently, the COVID-19 pandemic has also limited the number of volunteers.

Disaster Relief Australia CEO Geoff Evans said volunteering is an Australian way of life and deeply rewarding for those who rise to the challenge with previously limited opportunity for volunteers to volunteer their time before disasters.

“It’s already too late once there is smoke on the horizon. The Australian Resilience Corps provides a crucial opportunity for communities to come together and volunteer to mitigate and prepare for disasters. Resilient communities cope better with the impact of disasters and bounce back faster. With almost half of Australia’s population living in communities with low to moderate disaster resilience, there is a lot of work to be done. DRA is proud to be a part of this leading effort “.

Rural Aid Managing Director John Warlters said volunteers are a force for good and that the positive impact of their work in communities and on properties after disasters extends beyond the physical chores they do. ‘they assumed.

“Their mere presence has been a psychological boost and has helped strengthen the resolve of those affected to continue. Spirits are lifted when they arrive to lend a hand,” said Mr. Warlters.

How to join the Australian Resilience Corps

Visit resilienceecorps.org.au register. You can take resilience training and learn about essential topics that can help you plan for future disasters and reduce the risk of impact. You can connect with volunteer organizations aligned with your skills and interests to help communities in need.

In 2022, volunteers will be able to participate in activities in communities vulnerable to fires and floods to prepare.

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IAG – Insurance Australia Group Limited published this content on 08 November 2021 and is solely responsible for the information it contains. Distributed by Public, unedited and unmodified, on 08 November 2021 22:20:31 UTC.


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