The Community Resilience Framework for Emergency Management and the Victorian Preparedness Framework have been launched and are available for use across Victoria.
Community Resilience Framework for Emergency Management
The Community Resilience Framework provides a holistic and integrated approach to building resilience. It provides the foundation on which the sector’s strategies, programs and actions can be planned, integrated and implemented, building safer and more resilient communities.
The Community Resilience Framework has two focuses. The first is community, which is at the centre of all emergency management activity in Victoria. The second is the emergency management sector itself.
The key aim of this Framework is to support the Victorian emergency management sector to align and advance investment toward achieving a shared vision for resilience
By developing and utilising the Community Resilience Framework, the sector will be better placed to connect and work together with communities to build the collective capacity and capability to better manage long chronic stresses, while better preparing to anticipate, cope with and recover from acute shocks.
By using this Framework, organisations will be better placed to connect and work together with communities to build the collective capacity and capability to better manage long chronic stresses, while better preparing to anticipate, cope with and recover from acute shocks.
Representatives from more than 50 organisations, departments, local government, universities and community groups have contributed to the development of the Framework.
Some organisations are already well down the path of testing the application of the Framework. The VICSES Community Resilience Strategy 2016-2019 provided an opportunity to both align and test the principles embodied in the Framework. Both CFA and MFB have also adopted the resilience principles in the Framework.
Victorian Preparedness Framework
The Victorian Preparedness Framework is a model that enables and supports the building of resilience; we have to understand our resilience in order to understand what our capabilities are, and we need to know what our capabilities are in order to see the gaps and help build resilience.
Victoria’s new Preparedness Framework, developed by the emergency management sector, builds on work that has been occurring within the sector since 2015 and uses findings from the Emergency Risks in Victoria report to identify the major risks facing the state and determine overall preparedness.
At its core the Victorian Preparedness Framework is a planning tool to assist in understanding the capabilities required through all stages of a major emergency. It enables the development of capability requirements or targets, utilising the 21 core capabilities outlined in the Victorian Capability Blueprint and the associated critical tasks.
In many cases the capability targets or requirements will identify gaps. These gaps will drive many of the sectors priorities into the future.
Capabilities come in many shapes and forms, be it the number of fire trucks available in a region, the ability to transport or house displaced people, the ability of community members to look after themselves for 72 hours without external assistance, or the ability of a local business to re-open quickly after an emergency.
In order to build capability and enable community resilience, we need to look work in partnership with communities, government, agencies and business and share the responsibility of emergency management into the future.
Both of these Frameworks enable the overarching goal of building resilience in Victoria to major emergencies, and they align and work in partnership with other sector reform work, including the Resilient Recovery Reform Strategy and the Emergency Management Planning Guidelines.