This section of VCOSS Link will provide you with resources, tools and information to assist you and your organisation in preparing for the impacts of emergencies.
Disasters and emergencies can happen at any time. Natural disasters such as bushfires, flood or severe storms are what often comes to mind, but other events such as road accidents, industrial accidents, pandemics, and transport or engineering accidents are considered emergencies and can happen on any scale and without warning.
Victoria is particularly susceptible to bushfire. In an average fire season alone suffers more than 4000 fires across the state. Victoria is also particularly vulnerable to heatwave, as well as flooding and severe storms. Unfortunately it is predicted that Victoria will experience more extreme weather events and natural disasters as a result of climate change. In fact more than one in six Victorians will experience a natural disaster in their lifetime.
The community sector plays a vital role in assisting individuals and communities as they prepare, respond to and recover from emergency events. While it is important that community organisations understand what the impacts of an emergency are on local people and communities, often organisation are impacted by the emergency as well. From damage to premises or records, to staff members own homes and assets being damaged by an emergency event, the ripple effects of an emergency can be devastating.
Emergencies can strike at any time, and planning and preparation are key to good recovery.
Community Sector Organisations in Emergency Management provides an overview of emergency management and the role that the community sector plays in response, relief and recovery.
Managing emotions in emergencies: For people working with affected communities provides information regarding how to deal with a range of emotional responses from those affected in the wake of an emergency.