In 2014, bush fires caused a critical incident for some of the people we support. The fires highlighted the need for plan which would help us to better manage incidents like this should they occur in the future. Valuable funding from Lotterywest has enabled us to develop and put in place this plan.
We manage a range of properties which provide valuable support in the Perth Hills and Eastern Suburbs – an area prone to bush fires. These include:
In January 2014, 56 homes were destroyed in the Parkerville fires. The fire was quickly classified as a critical incident, requiring the mass evacuation of five supported accommodation homes, two respite homes and a client (and her family) living in a home leased to her by us. Sadly, this home was destroyed.
The people in the supported accommodation and the respite homes could not be taken to the State evacuation centres as they had special requirements which are not met by these centres.
Whilst we were able to source accommodation, medication and bedding for these people, the mass evacuation highlighted that we could do it better to ensure everyone’s safety and to enable us to continue to support these people and our other clients during this period.
To achieve this, a Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery Plan was needed.
We researched funding that was available. Other than Lotterywest, there were no grants or funding available. Rise was incredibly fortunate to be able to seek and obtain partial funding from Lotterywest to create this plan.
This funding enabled us to engage a sector expert to develop the plan and we then were able to complete and hone the plan to meet the organisation’s requirements. The framework of the plan is currently being implemented, with an aim to have it in place by July 2016.
A huge thank you to Lotterywest for helping make this happen and for helping ensure the safety of the people in the Eastern suburbs and Perth Hills in the event of another fire or disaster.