The National Strategy for Disaster Resilience provides high-level guidance on disaster management to federal, state, territory and local governments, business and community leaders and the not-for-profit sector. While the Strategy focuses on priority areas to build disaster resilient communities across Australia, it also recognises that disaster resilience is a shared responsibility for individuals, households, businesses and communities, as well as for governments. The Strategy is the first step in a long-term, evolving process to deliver sustained behavioural change and enduring partnerships.
National Strategy for Disaster Resilience [PDF 4MB]
To assist practitioners in their work with communities, the Community Engagement Framework incorporates a model that details principles and approaches of community engagement in the emergency management context.A circle showing the interaction of principles, context and purpose, and elements of community engagement. The model draws on the internationally recognised International Association for Public Participation (IAP2) Public Participation Spectrum.
National Strategy for Disaster Resilience Community Engagement Framework [PDF 763KB]
This guideline provides information to assist councils in integrating Emergency Risk Management (ERM) in their planning and strategies for the future. The guidelines should be used when developing Community Strategic Plans and the supporting Delivery Program, Operational Plan, Resource Strategy and other documents required as part of the Integrated Planning and Reporting (IP&R) framework.
More information on Implementing Emergency Risk Management through the Integrated Planning and Reporting Framework
Minimising the impacts of extreme heat: A guide for local government provides information on risk to water and air quality, food safety and infrastructure networks, as well as preparing for extreme heat events, examines approaches for minimising impacts and clarifies roles and responsibilities in relation to extreme heat events in NSW.
Emergency Management Arrangements in NSW exist to enable different parties to work effectively together to prevent, prepare for, respond to and recover from emergencies. Whether you have been working in Emergency Management for many years, or you're new to the Emergency Management field - your skills and knowledge are valued. All people who play a role in emergency management must work together to prevent, prepare for, respond to, and recover from emergencies.
More information on Emergency Management Arrangements
This publication, developed by the NSW Police Force, provides an overview of hostile vehicle management in risk situations and is useful to all owners and operators responsible for management of public spaces and buildings. It offers insight into how protective measures can be integrated into public and private spaces in order to mitigate and/or reduce the impact of vehicles being used as weapons.
"Safe places" Vehicle Management: A comprehensive guide for owners, operators and designers [PDF 2.5MB]
Across NSW, and indeed Australia, all communities have to deal with natural disasters. While some of us deal with floods or bushfires depending on seasonal factors, most of us deal with storms in some shape or form during the course of a year. This guide provides information on what to do before, during and after a natural disaster.
More information on Government, you and what to do - A Guide to Natural Disasters in NSW
The What to do Before, During and After a Natural Disaster factsheet is available in Arabic, Chinese - Simplified, Dari, English, French, Greek, Hindi, Korean, Macedonian, Spanish, Swahili, Tamil, Turkish and Vietnamese.
What to do Before an Emergency
What to do During an Emergency
What to do After an Emergency
Translated factsheets - What to do Before, During and After a Natural Disaster