Disaster preparedness

Disaster preparedness for older people


Older people within our communities bring strength of knowledge, skills and experiences about disasters. As well as being a valuable community resource for disaster resilience, some older people may require support to ensure their safety and wellbeing at times of disasters.

In recognition of the contribution that older people can make and that disaster preparedness for older people can be improved, Volunteering Queensland developed the Disaster Preparedness for Older People project.

This project worked to ensure:

  • Older people can access relevant disaster preparedness information
  • Older people have opportunities to participate in disaster preparedness planning and volunteering
  • Agencies that support vulnerable older people in the community are aware of the need to develop evacuation and disaster preparedness plans for their clients.

Volunteering Queensland held forums/workshops with local governments, emergency services and the agencies that support vulnerable seniors in each location. These workshops resulted in a shared plan for the preparedness of seniors within the community.

The project team engaged key peak organisations to commit to supporting their member agencies to establish plans to further ensure the safety of their clients at times of disasters.

We worked in close partnership with local governments and local disaster management groups and emergency services to implement this project in selected areas. Locations included: Redlands, Moreton, Logan, Livingstone, Somerset and Tablelands. 


To explore the learnings of this project please download our Disaster Preparedness for Older People Final Report.

This project was a joint initiative of Volunteering Queensland, the Australian Government and the Queensland Government.