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The Kiwirrkurra flood recovery project looked at a natural disaster which occurred in the western desert community of Kiwirrkurra in Western Australia. This remote Indigenous community was devastated by a flood in March 2001. The project involved Australian Emergency Management, in consultation with the Fire and Emergency Services Authority of Western Australia (FESA), who together documented the community's stories from the Kiwirrkurra flood. The purpose of the project was to identify the lessons learned so that other communities and emergency managers could benefit.
The Kiwirrkurra stories demonstrate that through developing and maintaining good and trusted relationships, good communication channels and understanding and respecting relationships, culture and country, even the most severe of emergencies can be managed and the community can survive.
Abstract adapted from Australian Emergency Management
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This set of three factsheets was developed as a result of a project involving Emergency Management Australia, in consultation with the Fire and Emergency Services Authority of Western Australia (FESA), who together documented the experiences of the Kiwirrkurra Aboriginal community which was devastated by a major flood in 2001. The purpose of these resources was to identify the lessons learned so that other communities and emergency managers can benefit.
Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract