The Emergency 2.0 Wiki Project is aligned to the concepts, principles, key action areas and priority outcomes of:
- United Nations Hyogo Framework for Action
- Emergency Management In Australia Concepts and Principles
- Emergency Management in Australia Community Development in Recovery from Disaster
- Australian government National Strategy For Disaster Resilience
United Nations Hyogo Framework for Action 2005-2015: Building the Resilience of Nations and Communities to Disaster
The Emergency 2.0 Wiki is aligned to the United Nations Hyogo Framework For Action and its five action priorities for achieving disaster resilience:
- Ensure that disaster risk reduction is a national and a local priority with a strong institutional basis for implementation
- Identify, assess and monitor disaster risks and enhance early warning
- Use knowledge, innovation and education to build a culture of safety and resilience at all levels
- Reduce the underlying risk factors
- Strengthen disaster preparedness for effective response at all levels
Emergency Management In Australia Concepts and Principles
The Emergency 2.0 Wiki is aligned to Australia’s comprehensive approach to emergency management which recognises four types of activities that contribute to the reduction or elimination of hazards and to reducing the susceptibility or increasing the resilience to hazards of a community or environment:
- Prevention/mitigation activities – which seek to eliminate or reduce the impact of hazards themselves and/or to reduce the susceptibility and increase the resilience of the community subject to the impact of those hazards;
- Preparedness activities – which establish arrangements and plans and provide education and information to prepare the community to deal effectively with such emergencies and disasters as may eventuate;
- Response activities – which activate preparedness arrangements and plans to put in place effective measures to deal with emergencies and disasters if and when they do occur; and
- Recovery activities – which assist a community affected by an emergency or disaster in reconstruction of the physical infrastructure and restoration of emotional, social, economic and physical well-being.
Emergency Management Australia Community Development in Recovery from Disaster
The Emergency 2.0 Wiki is also aligned to the community development model of social recovery outlined in Australian Emergency Management Series – Community Development in Recovery from Disaster. The Emergency 2.0 Wiki aims to support the empowerment of communities affected by disaster with the following key outcomes:
- Informed Community – A community that is informed and aware through provision of timely and accurate information.
- Participation in Community Life – A community where the development of cooperative partnerships is encouraged and actively promoted.
- Sense of Belonging – Pride, care and involvement in the unique, distinct physical, social and cultural characteristics of a community.
- Community Cohesion – The capacity of a community to work together with respect for differences among people.
- Economic Recovery – Development of a community’s economic capacity.
Australian government National Strategy For Disaster Resilience
The Emergency 2.0 Wiki Project supports the key action areas and priority outcomes of the National Strategy For Disaster Resilience as outlined below:
Action Area 1: Leading change and coordinating effort
- Driving development of partnerships and networks to build resilience at the government, business, neighbourhood and community levels.
- Helping business, not-for-profit and community leaders by preparing and providing guidelines, information and other resources to support community efforts in resilience based planning, including resilience building activities, disaster risk management, stakeholder and community engagement, disaster response and recovery and capability development
Action Area 2: Understanding risks
- Information on lessons learned – from local, national and international sources – is accessible and available for use by governments, organisations and communities undertaking risk management planning and mitigation works
- Organisations, individuals and governments routinely share information and maps on risks, for the benefit of the community.
- Strong networks across sectors and regions fill information gaps, share information and build understandings at all levels
Action Area 3: Communicating with and educating people about risks
- Current information is available on websites and other forms about disaster risk and mitigation, including relevant local knowledge tailored where appropriate to different target audiences
- Strong networks across sectors and regions share information and build skills and understanding at all levels
- Compatibility of information sharing technologies is promoted
Action Area 4: Partnering with those who effect change
- Strong links between policy, research and operational expertise and mechanisms, effectively transfer information and knowledge
- Partnerships between government, businesses and the not-for-profit sector promote: development of innovative risk management approaches; and shared understanding of disaster resilience
- Existing community structures and networks are used to promote and enhance disaster resilience
Action Area 5: Empowering individuals and communities to exercise choice and take responsibility
- Local communities are engaged and have knowledge and expertise of local risk, how a disaster resulting from that risk would affect the local community and how to mitigate those risks
Action Area 6: Supporting capabilities for disaster resilience
- Recovery strategies recognise the assistance the community is likely to provide in the immediate recovery phase and allow for the identification, facilitation and coordination of community resources
- Post disaster assessments involving all stakeholders are undertaken to consider the effectiveness of prevention and preparedness activities and response and recovery operations. Findings from significant events are broadly shared and incorporated into improved disaster resilience planning.