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Red Cross takes out top Australian resilience awards

This week Red Cross was recognised in the 2014 Resilient Australia Awards, for excellence in strengthening community resilience to disasters.

Sunday November 30, 2014

This week Red Cross was recognised in the 2014 Resilient Australia Awards, for excellence in strengthening community resilience to disasters. Australian Red Cross National Manager Emergency Services Andrew Coghlan said receiving national recognition was an honour and reflected a long term commitment to Australian communities, at their most vulnerable times.

"Red Cross has played a role in emergency response for 100 years and we have built expertise in emergency preparedness, response and recovery here at home and around the world," said Mr Coghlan.

"We are extremely honoured to receive this recognition of the important work we have been doing domestically to help communities be better prepared; we're making for a more resilient Australia, able to cope with the impacts of disaster.

"Our presence in local communities with thousands of skilled volunteers and our partnerships with the highest levels of government and the private sector mean we are able to be there to support and advise on issues of national significance.

"We put people at the heart of our work, and it's because of the thousands of volunteers around Australia, and our supporters that we can continue delivering support to people who need it most, at times of personal and national crisis."

Award winning projects

Australian Red Cross has played a leading role in transforming the National Registration and Inquiry Service (NRIS) born from Cyclone Tracy, which Red Cross has managed on behalf of the Federal Government since 1974. In recognition of this work, Red Cross was named joint winner of the nationally significant project category. The new service now known as Register.Find.Reunite is vital in helping to reunite friends, families and loved ones separated by an emergency.

Red Cross received a highly commended for delivering world class Psychological First Aid Training to frontline staff and volunteers, which means emergency affected communities can rely on a network of trained Red Cross people in their darkest hours.

Our work in disaster preparedness in NSW took out joint winner in the not-for-profit sector category, because of our Building Resilience workshops helping those people most vulnerable to the impacts of disasters - older people, those with disabilities and culturally and linguistically diverse communities in the Margaret River region of Western Australia, together with the Shire of Augusta Margaret River.'

In the Margaret River region in Western Australia, together with the Shire of Augusta, Margaret River, our work encouraging residents to get ready took out a highly commended in the local government category. The Get Ready project encouraged residents to get to know their neighbours, making for more connected and resilient neighbourhoods. The project also saw great outcomes for disaster preparedness, with a big increase in the number of people making evacuation plans and keeping emergency kits at home.

As Australians head into the summer months with extreme temperatures predicted, Red Cross is urging the community to be prepared. Take a look at our extensive range of preparedness resources online, and you can make for a more resilient Australia.