I'm Okay - Emergency Readiness for People with Disability receives further NRMA Community Grant

In March 2015, a submission was made to the NRMA Community Grants program for additional funding to increase the capacity and content of the website and ongoing promotion.  PDCN are pleased to advise an additional $4,927  has been funded toward the project.  

This additional funding will allow PDCN to gain feedback from individuals to help inform what additions they require to assist in their emergency planning, as well as engage with emergency services and other stakeholders to provide additional content to the website.

PDCN look forward to providing you further updates soon.  

If you want more information about this project, please contact Ellen Small, Project Officer on 9552 1606 or email ellen.small@pdcnsw.org.au

Knowing yourself and your community - The First Step.

Hello... We meet again,

Today I’m going to talk about Step 1 – Knowing yourself and your community.

When faced with an emergency situation not everyone keeps a clear head or knows what to do. By doing this step, it is the basis of your emergency action plan.

  • Knowing what your capabilities are and what you might need to help you through an emergency situation.

  • Finding out about your community; is there any natural hazards and how to deal with them.

  • Involving people that you can trust such as family and friends.

You might be in a situation where you may require extra help or you may think of another way of doing things.

Have a go at developing scenarios and practice them. Then time yourself to see how long it takes for you to get to safety.

Research your local community either by the internet or by contacting Title Deeds or local Council. Find out about any natural hazards that could affect your area.

By using the download and the information in this step, you could discover a few things that you didn’t think or know of.

I have found this helpful, thinking of things that I would never have thought about until now.

This is a one of the many important steps that you will take on your journey to safety. It helps you to take a good look at yourself and your community.

Until next time...Stay Safe,


Plan an emergency action plan


Here’s how I started planning my emergency action plan.

It all started with the idea of I want to be ready, I want to be safe and I want to be prepared. So now it’s up to me to make sure that happens and now that I know what I want it’s time to come up with an action plan.

I went to the Physical Disability Council of NSW website www.pdcnsw.org.au and had a look around the site where there is a lot of interesting information.

About half way down the page is a button that you can click on called I’M OKAY with a tick, so I clicked on it.

Now this is where it all starts; where you can create an emergency action plan to suit your needs.

I clicked on: Why be emergency ready? Which it explains just that and it includes literature and video references.

Then, I clicked on Action Plan Steps – which I will discuss in my next post.


Until then...Stay Safe


Developing an emergency action plan - Introduction

Hello...Alison here;

Thanks to the I’m Okay website I now have the information to develop an emergency action plan that is suited to my needs.

I want to be prepared. I don’t want to be left wondering what I should do, so next post I’ll show you how I started to develop my plan.


Until next time ... stay safe


Be ready, be safe, have a plan

Will I Be OK?

Will I be OK?

We have all heard stories about emergency and disasters like floods, storms, fires, house fires and personal safety issues.
We have also heard about what people did in these situations, what they should have done and what they didn’t do.... Then you hear about emergency plans.

I begin to think ... What will happen to me if I don’t have a plan? Do I hope that if someone else is around they will know what to do? There might not be anyone else, just me ... sounds scary, but not if you are prepared and you have a plan. Having one helps eliminate the stress.
I would not like to be in a situation and not know what to do, so I got on the Internet to find out what I could. Having a physical disability I looked up the Physical Disability Council of New South Wales, and there was a link about emergency readiness called I’m Okay.

The website is wonderful, packed full of information, some I did not know about. It contains information such as: Why be emergency ready, Action Plan Steps – that assist you with making a plan and Tools and Resources – that provides information and has links to services like the NSW SES, the NSW Rural Fire Service, personal safety and Articles Research and Media Releases. Now I have the facts that can help me make my decisions about developing an emergency action plan, I hope that you will join me in making a plan suited to your needs, because you never know what’s around the corner.

Be Ready, Be Safe, Have A Plan

All the best,
Alison Vella.
10 April 2014