Council Launches Preparedness Plans for Vulnerable Residents

Noosa Council is pleased to announce the introduction of a Person-Centred Emergency Preparedness Plan (P-CEP) initiative at Cooroy Library. This program, facilitated by trained P-CEP professionals, aims to enhance support for vulnerable individuals and bolster overall community resilience.

Library staffers Kate and Jennie with Person-Centred Emergency Preparedness Plans.

Angela Romanowski, Council’s Community Recovery and Resilience Officer, emphasised the importance of P-CEP in ensuring the safety and wellbeing of community members with unique support needs during emergencies.

“P-CEP is crucial as it empowers our vulnerable residents to take control of their situation and prepare adequately for potential risks,” Ms Romanowski said.

“P-CEP also strengthens community resilience. By equipping individuals with the necessary tools and support, our aim is to adopt a culture of preparedness that benefits the entire community”

The P-CEP program impacts both personal and professional aspects of community life. By enabling better support for people with disabilities, it ensures safety and wellbeing during crises. It also promotes inclusivity and collaboration, granting everyone equal access to emergency preparedness resources.

Community members with mobility impairments can identify potential challenges, such as navigating stairs or accessing transportation, and develop strategies to address these issues.

To integrate P-CEP into individuals’ roles and routines, emergency preparedness discussions will be incorporated into client interactions and support planning sessions. Tools provided by the program, including the capability wheel and P-CEP workbook, will facilitate conversations about individual competence and support needs.

“By employing a person-centred approach, we can help attendees overcome obstacles and ensure the effectiveness of their personalised emergency preparedness plans,” Ms Romanowski said.

Community Support Worker, Julia will assist with the rollout of these P-CEP initiatives, ensuring participants receive the necessary support to effectively prepare for emergencies.

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