ALL HEALTH AND COMMUNITY SERVICE AGENCIES HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY TO PLAN FOR BUSHFIRE EMERGENCIES. THIS ENSURES THE HEALTH AND SAFETY OF THEIR DIRECT CARE WORKERS AND STAFF, AND TO IMPROVE THE SAFETY OF THEIR IN-HOME CLIENTS.
DFES’ At Risk Communities Program was specifically designed for service providers in the aged care and disability sectors to learn about assisting their in-home clients to prepare for and respond to bushfire emergencies.
DFES recognise that service providers play a pivotal role in linking their clients with important safety information and assisting them to be better prepared for bushfire. Service providers can also be at risk if a bushfire threatens when driving and providing services to clients located in bushfire risk areas.
|WHO IS AT RISK?
While everyone is vulnerable during an emergency, some people can be at a greater risk due to their inability to receive, understand or act on emergency information.
The Program currently targets;
Older people living in their own home
People living with disability in their own home
DFES does aim to broaden the scope of the program to include further at risk groups and hazards in the future.
Please note: The Program targets those at risk residents living in their own homes and not retirement homes or lifestyle villages.
ONLINE SUPPORT, TRAINING AND RESOURCES
An Agency guideline and resources have been developed to assist in the adoption and embedding of policies that help Agencies to prepare and respond to emergencies affecting their direct care workers and in-home clients.
Click on the relevant button below to access the available resources.