Our Services

Disaster Recovery Services

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Our Approach

Disaster Recovery Services

The Canstruct Group’s Disaster Recovery Services approach is completed in accordance with AS NZS 3745:2010. Our approach is underpinned by the broader components of prevention, preparedness, response and recovery. Planning for recovery is integral to emergency preparation and mitigation actions are often initiated as part of the process. Additionally, physical, environmental and economic elements together with psychosocial wellbeing are all part of Canstruct’s considerations.

Bushfire Flora Recovery Kangaroo Island, Australia

Broader Recovery Components

Prevention

Prevention includes the identification of hazards, the assessment of threats to life and property, and ensuring protective measures are in place to reduce potential loss of life and property damage.

For Canstruct this includes:

  • Constructing Fire Breaks and ground maintenance
  • Fire Monitoring, alert and extinguishing systems.
  • Potable water testing
  • Wastewater treatment and testing
  • Emergency power generation integrated into site power supplies
  • Planned maintenance of equipment
  • Road maintenance, grading and resurfacing
Preparation

Preparedness is having arrangements in place prior to an incident to reduce the likelihood of occurrence or the consequences if the incident does occur.

For Canstruct this includes the development of:

  • Emergency Management Plans
  • Business Contingency and Continuity Plans

Further Preparedness:

  • Development of supporting procedures
  • Exercise planning – identifying relevant stakeholders and conducting multi-stakeholder training ensuring that all participants have their objectives included in the overall training plan
  • Rehearsing command, control and communications in support of contingency planning
Response

The process of combating an emergency and providing immediate assistance to people affected by an emergency. The aim of response operations is to:

  • Protect life and prevent or minimise injury
  • Protect the environment
  • Protect physical assets; and
  • Make the affected area safe to restore normal daily activity as soon as possible

Canstruct have been involved in the following response activities:

  • Managing emergency coordination organisations during various emergencies
  • Provision of mental health support
  • Checking and making facilities safe
  • Managing emergency evacuations
Recovery

The process by which an affected organisation returns to normal operations following an emergency. Canstruct’s recovery process relies on:

  • Understanding the context
  • Recognising complexity
  • Using community-led approaches
  • Ensuring coordination of all activities
  • Employing effective communication

From a recovery perspective an opportunity exists to improve these listed aspects beyond previous conditions, by enhancing social and natural environments, infrastructure and economies which in turn contributes to a more resilient community.

Canstruct's Recovery Efforts:

  • Disaster Management clean up and reconstruction following Cyclone Larry
  • Establishment of emergency accommodation and infrastructure rebuild following accommodation facilities being destroyed by fire
  • Land remediation and spill response following hydrocarbon and sewage spills
  • Provision of psycho-social support for vulnerable people
  • Provision of mental health trauma counselling following the 2019/20 bushfires on the east coast of Australia
  • Provision of isolation accommodation during COVID-19 pandemic
  • Design, manufacturing and construction of mobile medical treatment facilities to assist with COVID-19 response
Our Experience

Canstruct has a wealth of practical experience within the team in regard to disaster relief/recovery, evacuation and first and secondary responses.  Canstruct staff throughout their careers have worked on recovery projects in countries including Kuwait, Iraq, Afghanistan, East Timor, Solomon Islands, Somalia, PNG, Bosnia and Australia and part of operations under RAMSI, Anode, Desert Storm, Desert Thunder. Combined our staff have worked in over 40 countries coupled with remote areas of Australia.

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