Since February 2022, fifteen southern Yorke Peninsula community members have been participating in a series of emergency resilience workshops, facilitated by the Australian Red Cross.
Utilising a whole-of-community approach, attendees represented several corners of the community, including SES/CFS, progress association, sporting clubs, farmers, gardening club, Probus and more.
Workshops guided participants through activities which highlighted the strengths, assets, vulnerabilities and weaknesses of Warooka and Marion Bay disaster resilience.
These activities allowed members to brainstorm, prioritise and plan a unique Resilience Action Plan for Warooka and Marion Bay.
A working group has now been formed with nine community members at its heart.
With five prioritised action plans, and a myriad of further valuable ideas, the Warooka/Marion Bay Resilience Group are well on their way to achieving their resilience goals!
Importantly, they are open to new members joining at any stage, regardless of your skillset or background and any wider support community members are able to provide.
The Resilience Group meets at Warooka SES once a month and all are welcome to attend.
What is the group up to?
Preparedness Day: A Preparedness Day is in the works in conjunction with the Warooka Progress Association’s October long weekend festivities. Emergency resources and information will be on hand, as well as an opportunity to engage with the group directly. To find out more or to get involved, contact Carolyn Ramsey on email@example.com.
Youth Engagement/Climbing Tower: Warooka SES and CFS are actively looking to engage more young people with the brigade. Have any great ideas for how? Reach out! They’re also keen to get an SES climbing tower for training and youth engagement. Get in touch with Julie Page on firstname.lastname@example.org or Fiona Newman on email@example.com for a chat.
QR Coded Fridge Magnets: Due to the large number of tourists visiting Yorke Peninsula, fridge magnets with a QR code linked to important emergency information are being designed for holiday rentals, caravan parks, and anyone who would like one. It’s not too late to join the planning stages, just contact Bernie Hendry on firstname.lastname@example.org
Electronic Sign Boards: We’ve all done it – driven right past an important sign on the long road to the bottom end. The Resilience Group are currently in the throes of getting quotes and working to obtain several eye-catching electronic sign boards which will have important safety information. From cell phone service, severe weather, or announcements regarding farming equipment on the road, the sign boards will be an important resource for visitors and community members alike. For more information, please contact Ken Newman on email@example.com.
Emergency Staging/Recovery Aims: The Western United Sports & Community Hub is working to prepare for an emergency. Without a place of last resort or safer place, it’s imperative the hub is ready for whatever happens. Updating the facilities to accommodate community members in an emergency and creating a plan for recovery aims is their goal. If you’re keen to know more or see how you can help, contact Jo Taheny on firstname.lastname@example.org.