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About Rai Whitten

Rai’s disaster management capabilities are underpinned by 23 years of military service that developed his skills in complex operational planning and crisis management.  He retired at the rank of senior major and built upon these foundations during 13 years of disaster management with the Queensland Government.   In 2012, Rai moved on from the Queensland Government to set up RWDMS to provide private disaster management consultancy services to stakeholders in Queensland’s Disaster Management System.

Rai’s practical experience includes 13 years experience in supporting and delivering disaster management outcomes for Local Governments, State Government Agencies and Non Government Organisations across Queensland, specifically:

  • Five years as manager of the Queensland State Disaster Coordination Centre, Brisbane involved in provision of State level support to disaster stricken communities and development of disaster management legislation, policy and guidelines for Queensland (1999 to 2005).
  • Two years as a Disaster Management Officer with the Local Government Association of Queensland assisting Local Governments in Queensland develop capacity across the spectrum of Prevention, Preparation, Response and Recovery (2005 to 2007).
  • Six years as a Regional Disaster Management trainer and advisor supporting Local Governments, State Agencies and communities east of the Great Divide from Bundaberg to the Sunshine Coast (2007 to 2012).
  • Operational deployments providing response and recovery advice and support to Local Governments and disaster affected communities across Queensland (2007 to 2012).

Since 2012, Rai has provided disaster management consultancy services to local governments from Bundaberg to the Scenic Rim focusing on writing and enhancing disaster management plans, development of standard operating procedures and development/delivery of disaster management training and exercises with an emphasis on disaster coordination and emergency response training.  

Rai is married and lives in Maryborough, Queensland.