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Disaster Relief and Disability Feros Care joins forces with Red Cross to help people with disability be prepared for natural disasters Like many in Far-North Queensland, Feros Care team members have first-hand experience helping their communities during natural disasters. They also support people with disability. “Getting through a flood is a big enough stress for people but adding disability into the mix makes it even worse,” says Kelly Collings, who is a Local Area Coordinator (LAC) with National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) partner Feros Care and a Rural Fire Service (RFS) volunteer. Kelly was one of three RFS volunteers who coordinated and, with the help of Lions Club members, prepared an estimated 16,000 meals over 22 days during the Townsville floods in early 2019.

“A lot of the emergency workers and volunteers know what I do for a day job so they would seek advice about people who were potentially at risk,” said Ms Collings. “They couldn’t breach the person’s confidentiality but if they flagged a situation, I would tell them to check if the person wanted us to give them a call. “We were helping people whose wheelchairs had lost power and there was a swift-water evacuation at night. “It was devastating to watch but at least I had the knowledge and connections to point people in the right direction.” To support people with disability to be prepared, Feros Care is working with experienced agency, Red Cross to create resources specific for people with disability and their carers. These resources are currently under development and will focus on three areas: before, during and after a disaster. The easy to use resources will also be available in different languages.

Drop in for a chat with Feros Care Feros Care is the Local Area Coordinator for Mackay and Townsville. Our Local Area Coordinators regularly visit towns across the regions, including Bowen, Ingham, Charters Towers and Ayr. Talk with them for help and support with the NDIS. FER0873 10/19

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“I’m a mother of an NDIS participant, which is why I applied for my job at Feros,” said Kelly, whose 10-year-old son has autism.

Call Feros Care to find out more

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DUO. The Magazine of the North DUO is an elegant, intelligent publication highlighting style, home, fashion, food, travel, culture and exclu...