Teamwork tracks recovery progress

05 Apr 2018

Identifying the damage caused by a natural disaster and tracking the rate of recovery are critical components of the Queensland Reconstruction Authority’s (QRA) work.

In order to maximise the use of impact data, QRA works closely with the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES), who coordinate damage assessments on critical infrastructure, services, business and housing within 72 hours of a disaster event.

QRA uses this data to complete reconstruction monitoring assessments and provide whole-of-government reporting on the recovery needs of impacted communities to help link people with services.

Since QRA introduced the Damage Assessment and Reconstruction Monitoring (DARMsys™) in July 2011, over 48,000 reconstruction monitoring assessments have been conducted over 14 natural disasters.

The importance of accurate data requires QRA and QFES to work closely together to ensure that true assessments are undertaken and communities are provided as much information as possible.

In order to help both agencies coordinate accurate assessments, QRA and QFES recently held a joint training day where teams from both agencies explored the challenges and rewards of using data in recovery operations and assisting communities get back on their feet.

QFES and QRA have been instrumental in capturing and reporting on housing reconstruction progress following STC Debbie, working closely with local councils, Department of Communities, Disability Services and Seniors and Red Cross in the field to capture and track recovery progress.

Following the STC Debbie initial impact assessments undertaken by QFES in March 2017 in Logan, Gold Coast, Scenic Rim, Mackay and Whitsunday, QRA has conducted follow-up recovery progress assessments in July 2017, October 2017 and February 2018.