Queensland's ability to recover from natural disasters has been significantly enhanced with the development of an Australian first system which enables the gathering of early and accurate information as part of Rapid Damage Assessments (RDAs).
What is DARMsys™
Damage Assessment and Reconstruction Monitoring system (DARMsys™) is used to monitor Queensland's rebuilding progress. Real time data is collected by assessors undertaking RDAs using a hand held monitoring device and sent via wi-fi to provide map based damage data.
Introduced as a pilot program in April 2011, the Queensland Reconstruction Authority (QRA) is using the system to travel street-by-street and house-by-house through flood and cyclone-affected communities to identify where the greatest needs exist.
This, in turn, is helping the Government provide assistance to the most vulnerable in our communities.
DARMsys™ information has been invaluable to State Disaster Management Group and is now in use by all relevant agencies to plan their response for recovery from natural disasters. In particular, the Department of Communities are using it for targeted assistance to identify vulnerable people and those needing assistance.
Others who are using it include utilities providers, public works, temporary housing planners and councils.
It has been acknowledged by the World Bank as having played an instrumental role in enabling Queensland to recover quickly from natural disasters.
How it Works
Initial response (0-72 hours)
Conducted within the first 72 hours of an event when impacted area is safe.
- Coordinated by the Queensland Fire and Emergency Service (QFES)
- Employs an All Hazards approach
- The highest priority of responding agencies is the safety of residents and response personnel, consequently data collection may be delayed during this phase
- Initial assessment data is used to identify broad levels of damage and the impact on critical infrastructure, services, businesses and housing