A NEW app and online resource to help small businesses prevent, prepare, respond and recover from disasters is now available to Douglas businesses.
The Small Business Disaster Hub provides a digital one-stop shop providing fast and easy access to checklists, financial assistance and other resources across different types of disasters. It is accessible through the Douglas Disaster Dashboard – www.dashboard.douglas.qld.gov.au, and available to download to smart devices through Apple Store and Google Play.
Minister for Employment and Small Business Di Farmer said the app would give businesses access to important information and support.
“Small businesses will be able to find the information they need so they can get back on their feet sooner after a disaster,” Ms Farmer said.
“Based on best practice disaster resilience, the app will support businesses affected by a range of crises from natural disasters to IT threats.
“Small businesses are the lifeblood of our communities especially following a disaster.
“In recent years, Queensland small businesses have experienced more than their fair share of disasters with COVID-19, bushfires, drought, monsoonal floods and cyclones.”
The Minister said the disaster hub provided targeted resources for all small businesses as well as primary producers, tourism and hospitality operators, retailers, transport and logistics and construction businesses.
“We sought feedback from small businesses, industry and local councils, impacted by the 2019 North and Far North Monsoon Trough to ensure the resources best meet their needs.
The resources include prepare, respond and recover checklists, suggested communication messaging, how-to video animations, small business resilience case studies and links to key information and financial assistance.
The disaster hub can be accessed via the Douglas Disaster Dashboard (and directly here), via the free app on Apple and Android, and has downloadable resources that can be printed and kept handy in the event of power outages.
The app can provide real time notifications to advise small businesses if they need to prepare, or when financial assistance becomes available.
The initiative, jointly funded by the Commonwealth and Queensland Governments under the Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA), was developed in partnership with the Small Business Recovery Advisory Counc
Access the Business Disaster Hub via the Douglas Disaster Dashboard