In 2019 the AICCM National Council identified the need for a Disaster Preparedness Committee to provide support in advocating for disaster preparedness within the cultural heritage sector and wider community.
The Disaster Preparedness Committee advocates for effective disaster risk reduction strategies in Australia by collating and sharing information and providing best practice training opportunities.
The Disaster Preparedness Committee contributes to advisory and advocacy activities within the AICCM. We work with the AICCM National Council, State committees and Special Interest Groups (SIGs) to collate and accurately disseminate relevant information on disaster preparedness and act as a sounding board for the relevant AICCM committees and groups in response to incidents.
In 2021 The Disaster Preparedness Committee produced its first AICCM Disaster Preparedness Calendar (disseminated in both electronic and print format) to help cultural organisations act in a timely manner and be prepared for the hazards prominent in their region.
We are also working towards:
- Developing and collating broad-reaching and cross-sector educational training tools for community and organisations
- Developing a best practice protocol for disaster preparedness, response and recovery for the AICCM in collaboration with the wider cultural heritage sector and relevant levels of government.
- Developing an engagement strategy with cultural organisations, local, state and federal government to promote AICCM as a subject matter specialist for Disaster Preparedness in the Australian cultural heritage sector.
The Disaster Preparedness Committee is elected from representatives of all States and Territories. The current Committee members are: