Six steps to

Building Networks



Being disaster resilient means being linked with local networks.

Networks must include emergency services and community organisations. Effective networks can: share expertise and knowledge; build better local emergency management plans; enable collaboration and coordination in planning for and responding to disasters and emergencies. People who are particularly vulnerable to the impacts of disasters need to be linked to these networks.

When Step 2 is complete your organisation will:

  • Be aware of what the community sector brings to disaster resilience
  • Be aware of who’s who in emergency management and services and be networked with relevant organisations
  • Be networked with other community organisations in your local area in relation to disasters and emergencies
  • Be confident that vulnerable clients are effectively linked to the networks.

What the Community Sector Brings



The community sector has unique and unparalleled specialist skills and assets to assist clients to both prepare for and recover from disasters and emergencies.

Networking with Emergency Services



Given the enormous range of assets, skills and services the community sector has to contribute, it is essential emergency services and community organisations are well networked.

Networking with other Community Organisations



Community organisations need to work with each other to better understand their local communities’ risks and implications; to agree on who does what in a disaster or emergency; and to learn from past experiences at dealing with disasters and emergencies.

Linking Vulnerable Clients to Networks



In planning for and responding to a disaster each local community needs to be able to identify the vulnerable people and what supports they need.