Disability Inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction Framework and Toolkit

We know being prepared for a disaster saves lives and that people with disabilities are twice as likely to be injured or find themselves socially isolated during natural disasters. To address these alarming issues Community Recovery in partnership with Queenslanders with Disability Network (QDN), Community Services Industry Alliance (CSIA) and The University of Sydney have launched the Disability Inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction Framework (DIDRR), Disability Inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction Toolkit, DIDRR Research Library and Person-Centred Emergency Preparedness (P-CEP) Workbook.

Through engagement with people with disability, and key community stakeholders from the disability, community, and emergency services sectors, the project has co-designed tools, resources, and supports for enabling DIDRR. The Queensland DIDRR Toolkit provides actionable guidance to community stakeholders by sharing tips, resources, and tools that enable people with disabilities, their family, carers and people who work in the community sector industry to take DIDRR action. Please download free versions of the Disability Inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction Framework and Disability Inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction Toolkit, or P-CEP Workbook.

DIDRR papers and media to date

Phase 1

Article published in the International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction

Source: Villeneuve, M., Abson, L., Pertiwi, P., Moss, M. (2021). Applying a person-centred capability framework to inform targeted action on disability inclusive disaster risk reduction. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction. Science Direct or https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijdrr.2020.101979

Phase 2

Articles in The Conversation

Michelle Villeneuve, University of Sydney and Helen Styles, Mackay Council co-authored the article 3 things we can do now to help people with disability prepare for disaster in The Conversation, published 11 January 2021.

Michelle Villeneuve, University of Sydney and Michelle Moss, QDN co-authored the article ‘Nobody checked on us’: what people with disability told us about their experiences of disasters and emergencies in The Conversation, published 2 December 2020.

Every Australian Counts story

An opinion piece titled COVID-19 contingency planning: everything actually worked! published 6 May 2020 on the Every Australian Counts website outlined the utility of the toolkit and how it supported planning that works for people with disability.

DIDRR awards to date

During 2020 the project was also successful in obtaining a number of awards including:

IGEM 2020 International Women’s Day Champion of Change Award

The Queensland Disability Inclusion Disaster Risk Reduction (DIDRR) project was a joint winner of the award for the development of the DIDRR framework, toolkit and companion resource library. This project was funded by the former Department of Communities, Disability Services and Seniors.

2020 Resilient Australia Award (Queensland)

The Queenslanders with Disability Network (QDN) was announced as the winner in October in the Community Award Category of the 2020 Resilient Australia Awards. QDN were awarded for the development of the COVID-19 Person-Centred Emergency Preparedness (P-CEP) Planning Guide for people with disability which was developed in partnership with Sydney University, funded by Community Recovery and based on the work undertaken through the Disability Inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction Project (DIDRR) which is being led by Community Recovery.

2020 Suncorp Resilient Australia National Community Award (National)

QDN received a ‘Highly Commended’ for the COVID-19 P-CEP Planning Guide in the 2020 Suncorp Resilient Australia National Community Award section, held in Canberra on Friday 4 December.