Preparing vulnerable people

Adrian

“Research has shown that for people with a disability, an emergency plan is most useful when created using a person-centred approach.”

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People living with a disability are the experts in their own lives and overcome challenges every day to remain living independently. Being prepared and having a disaster plan is important for both them and those who support them.  

Research has shown that for people with a disability, an emergency plan is most useful when created using a person-centred approach – that is where the person actively participates in planning and decision-making processes.  

The Preparing Vulnerable People (PVP) project facilitated by Country Fire Authority (CFA) is a multi-stakeholder project that aims to improve how bushfire preparedness plans/emergency plans are developed and acted on for those who are at greatest risk. 

The project’s objectives are to: 

  1. build the capability of the Community and Social Services Sector to develop bushfire plans with their clients at greatest risk in a bushfire and  
  2. to target delivery of CFA fire prevention and preparedness services to people at greatest risk alongside local service providers and local government by developing and delivering a new household level service called the Emergency Planning Advice Service (EPAS) co-delivered with Red Cross.
  3. work alongside local Council and service providers.
  4. utilise the Person-Centred Emergency Preparedness (P-CEP) framework improving CFA’s skills to engage people at greatest risk. This is necessary as 61.8% of people who die in a house fire have a disability (according to the national study on preventable house fires fatalities (2019). 

Adrian Terranova – Executive officerGippsland Disability Advocacy

 

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