Toolkit for disaster resilience among regional businesses launched

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An online resilience toolkit has been unveiled to help regional businesses prepare for future disruptions and disasters.

The Business Community Resilience Toolkit Program is a free program delivered by corporate2community via a grant awarded through the joint-funded NSW and Commonwealth Government Bushfire Community Recovery and Resilience Fund (BCRRF).

The program will run for 12 months and will be initially available to local businesses across 11 Local Government Areas in Southern New South Wales.

“We’ve been listening to business representatives across the region for the past three months, to make sure the toolkit is as relevant as possible across all business sizes, business types and all communities,” Mel Peverill, Southern NSW Toolkit Project Coordinator, said. “There’s no doubt regional businesses have been doing it tough these last 18 months, with some businesses forced to close their doors. We’ve deliberately made the online toolkit a simple process, designed to help business owners and communities build disaster resilience one small step at a time.”

“The best thing a business can do to support their community is to stay in business,” Peverill added. “This free program will help all businesses in the region help themselves, by getting them to think seriously about the future, develop their contingency plans for all types of disasters, and build support networks.”

Corporate2community Director, Renae Hanvin, said that the project will empower local businesses and business chambers in Southern NSW to better prepare themselves for tough times, connect with each other and their communities, and build their resilience.

“This is a new approach to helping business communities work together to build resilience and preparedness in the face of future disasters,” Hanvin said. “We’re providing the tools, but it’s the community itself that will bring this toolkit to life by connecting, sharing and participating. I’d encourage every local business owner and operator to register for the free program, which will build knowledge and confidence, while helping them become disaster-ready.”

The Business Community Resilience Toolkit Program will officially launch on 5 October, with fortnightly modules released until October 2022. Businesses can register for the Business Community Resilience Toolkit Program by visiting