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3 Prevention

3 Prevention

In accordance with the guiding principles of the Act, preventative measures reduce the likelihood of a disaster event occurring or the severity of an event should it eventuate.

Prevention is defined as regulatory and physical measures to ensure that emergencies are prevented, or their effects mitigated and mitigation is defined as measures taken in advance of a disaster aimed at decreasing or eliminating its impact on society and environment.

The implementation of proactive, targeted prevention and mitigation strategies designed to address likely risk factors, the vulnerability of the population and reduce or eliminate the possible impact of disasters ultimately ensures safer, more resilient and sustainable communities.

The preparedness and resilience of communities involves all individuals sharing responsibility. Disaster resilience is significantly increased by proactive planning and preparation for the protection of life, property and the environment through an awareness of hazards, associated risks and local disaster management arrangements.

3.1 Resilience

The frequency and intensity of natural disasters has increased in recent years, with further increases predicted into the future. Queensland is the most disaster impacted state in Australia. By necessity, Queenslanders are renowned for their resilience and ability to adapt, with a strong community spirit that supports those in need to withstand and recover from disasters.

In the context of disaster management, it is suitable to refer to resilience as:

A system or community's ability to rapidly accommodate and recover from the impacts of hazards, restore essential structures and desired functionality, and adapt to new circumstances.

Queensland Strategy for Disaster Resilience 2017

Disaster resilient communities are those that work together to understand and manage their risks. Disaster resilience is a shared responsibility of all sectors, including all levels of government, business, NGOs and individuals.

The Queensland Strategy for Disaster Resilience is the guiding instrument for realising the vision to make Queensland the most disaster resilient state in Australia and is underpinned by four key objectives:

  • Queenslanders understand their disaster risk

  • strengthened disaster risk management

  • Queenslanders are invested in disaster risk reduction

  • continuous improvement in disaster preparedness.

L.1.100 National Strategy for Disaster Resilience

L.1.098 Queensland Strategy for Disaster Resilience