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Community resilience needs building long before an emergency event

VCOSS Submission to Emergency Management Victoria’s Resilient Recovery Discussion Paper3 May 2017  |  

Recovery from an emergency cannot be resilient unless the community is resilient to begin with.

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Homelessness and emergency management: Victorian perspectives

10 May 2016  |  

Disasters and emergencies such as bushfires, floods and heatwaves affect all Australians, no matter what their background or status. A new VCOSS report, Easing the crisis: Reducing risks for people experiencing homelessness in disasters and emergency events, states that people who are homeless – some of our most disadvantaged and marginalised community members – are at significantly greater risk from disasters and emergencies.

By under Climate change, Emergency management, Emergency relief, Homelessness, Housing, Housing

Extreme heat and vulnerable Victorian households

11 January 2016  |  

The extreme heat experienced in Victoria during December and again in January is a real risk to people’s health. The Victorian Government has developed these messages and resources on the health impacts of heat, particularly for older people, and actions to take to protect and preserve life. This advice recommends people do their best to keep their homes cool such as checking that fans or air-conditioners work well, having air-conditioners serviced if necessary, and things that can be done to make homes cooler such as installing window coverings, shade cloths or external blinds on the sides of the house facing the sun.

By under Climate change, Emergency management