Councils can now access a new Recovery Exercising Toolkit developed by the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and the Australian Institute for Disaster Resilience (AIDR).
The toolkit has been designed to be a user-friendly resource applicable across all state and territories, and can be used to support exercise management programs to include a recovery exercise component whenever exercises are conducted.
The new resource – piloted by councils – brings local governments, emergency management committees and communities together and encourages collaborative discussion around recovery challenges rather than a structured ‘stress test’ of a local system.
The toolkit also includes a suite of modules focused on recovery considerations that have been identified as important recovery issues through lessons from recent disasters and evidence-based research. Each module has been developed with the guidance of a subject matter expert and informed by evidence-based research and practice.
The stand-alone modules, which include coordinating Recovery Support for People with Disability and working with Indigenous communities in Recovery, can be used as an exercise activity and incorporated into workshops or training sessions.