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Businesses develop Disaster Readiness Plans in pilot program

6 September 2018

Wattle Range businesses were recently given the opportunity to ‘disaster ready’ their operations in a workshop hosted by Council in both Millicent and Penola. 

Economic Development Director, Steve Chapple explained the process: “Council's Strategic Plan identified a need for businesses to be better prepared in times of emergency, natural disaster or significant impacts on their own business. Council staff assisted in the facilitation of two pilot programs that provided businesses with a digital version of a disaster management program. Sixteen businesses trialled the program in sessions at Millicent and Penola on Thursday, August 24. Further workshops will be planned over the next twelve months.

“The program, developed in conjunction with Rural Business Support with funding by both State and Federal Government, is comprehensive and simple to use.

“A diverse range of businesses left the sessions with drafts of comprehensive plans developed during the workshops with representatives from the accommodation, earthmoving, media, tourism, wine, agricultural and retail sectors. Plans were developed on a number of potential impacts including fire, flooding, loss of suppliers, long term power outages and loss of key staff. 

“It has been shown that being prepared for a major incident that might impact on a business’s capability to quickly recover and continue to trade gives that business a 65% better chance of survival moving forward,” Mr Chapple concluded.



For further information please contact:

Steve Chapple, Director Development Services
Email:                       council@wattlerange.sa.gov.au
Telephone:               (08) 8733 0900


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