How can we work together to increase our community’s disaster resilience through inclusive action?
Building Inclusive Disaster Resilient Communities (BIDRC) is a project in partnership between Queenslanders with Disability Network (QDN), the Centre for Disability Research and Policy at the University of Sydney, Community Services Industry Alliance (CSIA), and communities in five Local Government Areas across Queensland - Somerset, Lockyer Valley, Livingstone, Scenic Rim, and Southern Downs.
BIDRC is grounded in Disability Inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction (DIDRR). Research shows that people with disability are more vulnerable to hazard events and are up to four times more likely to die during disasters than others. DIDRR means making sure that people with disability have the same opportunity to access emergency preparedness information, to participate in emergency preparedness programs in their community and to be included as a valuable stakeholder in local community emergency planning processes.
“I’m excited about taking what I’ve had the privilege of learning about emergency preparedness and sharing it with our local Ipswich community. We’re raising up emerging leaders. One of the things we need to do is look for emerging leaders in inclusive disaster risk reduction.” Peer Leader