Volunteers Needed to Help Build Community Resilience

8/09/2017

Knowing in advance how to respond in an emergency is vital, especially for people who may not usually be decision makers, like children and people in at-risk groups.

The City of Rockingham is one of only three local governments in WA selected to take part in a Red Cross pilot project which will enlist volunteers to educate community members about how to respond to emergency situations.
 
The sessions will be run in Golden Bay, which was selected for its rural/urban interface and proximity to the coast which poses a variety of threats including coastal inundation and bushfire risk.  It is also a mix of new homebuyers, established homes and vulnerable community groups.
 
The 12 month pilot project will aim to increase community resilience and emergency preparedness through sessions aimed at primary and high schools, at-risk community groups, social groups, service clubs, sporting groups, local businesses and social media networks.
 
The program includes Rediplan sessions which outline how to get prepared for bushfires, storms, floods and other emergencies. 
 
It also includes the Pillowcase Project, aimed at students in Year 3 and 4, which focuses on educating them about putting together their own personal emergency 'pillowcase' kits containing the essential items they would want to take from home if they needed to leave in a hurry.
 
City of Rockingham Mayor Barry Sammels said ”The program reminds people to think about what matters most - from important financial and legal documents to family photos and Nanna’s handwritten recipes – and consider how to save those important items in an emergency.”
 
Red Cross and the City are looking for people to help deliver these important programs and help build resilience into our community.  People interested in volunteering can contact Claire Silviera on 9225 1929 or email wapreparedness@redcross.org.au
 
Pillowcase Project training sessions for prospective volunteers will be held on 20 September or 18 October 2017 in Golden Bay from 9am  - 3pm.

Training sessions for volunteers interested in presenting RediPlan sessions will be held on September 17 or 15 October 2017 in Secret Harbour from 9am - 3pm.

Additional Information:

Details of how to apply are available here:
Pillow Case Project Volunteer Facilitator
RediPlan Project Volunteer Facilitator

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