Bushfire preparation and people with disabilities

Monday, 7 September 2020 - 8:30am to 9:00am
A CFA truck drives towards a plume of bushfire smoke along a rural road


How we prepare for, get through, and recover from disasters have sadly become increasingly pressing questions. But the impact of disasters, and people’s needs in these conditions can be very different according to their circumstances.

To address some of these questions, recently DARU, that’s the Disability Advocacy Resource Unit, held an online forum on Disability and Disaster Resilience.

This week on the program, we speak with Country Fire Authority project manager Angela Cook, who spoke at the forum about how the CFA is working to support people with disabilities to prepare for bushfires, and new resources for the Preparing Vulnerable People project which will be launching on the 11th of September.

We’ll also hear an excerpt from the forum where Angela speaks with Toni, a woman with a lived experience of disability who has been instrumental in advocating for change.


CFA resources for workers in the sector: www.cfa.vic.gov.au/workers

For individuals wanting to plan and prepare: www.cfa.vic.gov.au/plan-prepare/leave-early


Full video recordings of presentations from DARU's Disability and Disaster Resilience Forum can be found here.

Sunday 7:00am to 7:30am
A national feminist current affairs program for community radio. A gender analysis of contemporary issues, as well as in-depth analysis by a range of women and gender diverse people around Australia and internationally. Distributed nationally on the Community Radio Network (CRN).You can listen to some of our previous shows here: www.3cr.org.au/womenontheline/itunes


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