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Women's Health Goulburn North East

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It’s Up To You For 72 – being prepared for 72 hours following a disaster

Emergency management services have identified the need for communities and individuals to be self-sustaining for up to 72 hours following a disaster. Recent disasters have shown that emergency services are not able to assist everyone, despite the expectation from many that this will happen. The 72 hour survival message needs to be planned for and understood by individuals and communities. This vital information needs to be available and accessible before a disaster to allow for preparation.

This project brought together women of different ages to explore what they know, and what they need to know to prepare for 72 hours following a disaster. Facilitated workshops were conducted in Rosewhite and Mt.Beauty in the Alpine Shire.

The workshops provided an exchange of knowledge and experiences, sharing of social media skills and an understanding of what is required by a family or individual to be prepared and to manage without assistance for 72 hours. This knowledge was used to develop an emergency kit checklist of items required for 72 hours, and ideas and suggestions, based on local knowledge and experiences, for preparation prior, during and post disaster.

New knowledge and skills were gained through the process of information sharing and learning, and encouragement to actively participate in planning for disaster at a personal and community level.

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Emergency Kit Mt Beauty

Photos: Emergency Kit | Its’ Up To You For 72 – Mt Beauty – group with Sue Sheldrick SES

Acknowledgement of Project Partners:

Women’s Health Goulburn North East gratefully acknowledges the assistance of Border Trust and the YWCA Albury Wodonga Young Women Leading Change Grant Program for their valuable contribution to this project.

Border Trust YMCA