Western Australian Council of Social Service to hold resilience training in Harvey

The Western Australian Council of Social Service is running a disaster relief workshop in Harvey next weekend. Photo: Supplied.

The Western Australian Council of Social Service is running a disaster relief workshop in Harvey next weekend. Photo: Supplied.

The Western Australian Council of Social Service will deliver Natural Disaster Resilience Training as part of a grant from the Australian Government.

A training session will be held at the Bushfire Recovery Centre on Bleecher Street in Harvey, on Tuesday 10 October 2017 from 8am to 3.30pm.

All local community service organisations are invited to attend.  

WACOSS works to improve the wellbeing of Western Australians and strengthen the community services sector that supports them.

The full-day workshop will be run by workshop facilitator Stuart Reid, a veteran of Darwin’s Cyclone Tracy.  

“People working at the coalface in the community services sector often face a wide range of challenges, and natural disaster planning isn’t usually at the front of their minds,” he said.  

“But if they have done some planning they will be in a better position to continue providing much needed services. 

“Preparing for a disaster strengthens an organisation, gives staff the tools and skills to understand how to operate when a natural disaster hits, and makes a real difference in the lives of the people, families and communities that are affected.  

“In 2015 the total economic cost of natural disasters exceeded $9 billion, and it’s expected to rise to $33 billion by 2050. Natural disaster preparedness has never been more important to our communities.” 

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