Returning to normal after a disaster may be quick, or difficult and prolonged.
If the event has been severe, the Local Disaster Management Group will establish a recovery committee to:
Following major disasters, the Queensland Department of Communities may set up recovery centres in some areas. They will assist people who have been physically, financially and emotionally affected. Please note that recovery centres are not evacuation centres and do not provide emergency shelter.
SELF RECOVERY APP
Community recovery information is now just a click away. The Self Recovery App has been launched to provide access to vital information about disasters and emergencies in Queensland.
The app features vital tips for preparing for disasters and cleaning up after them, including:
Please stay away from disaster zones to allow emergency workers clear access. Many agencies work around the clock to assist with recovery. If you are not part of the recovery effort you could hinder their efforts.
Refer to the Department of Health's website for detailed food safety tips.
VOLUNTEERING AFTER A DISASTER
When you're volunteering during a disaster it's important to recognise that everyone will react in different ways.
If a natural disaster is declared in Queensland, an appeal for cash donations may commence. Usually this is started by the Premier or a major charity (such as Red Cross). These funds are used to purchase suitable goods needed by affected people.
DEALING WITH EMOTIONAL ISSUES
The Red Cross has published a series of resources to help people recover from the effects of disaster, including:
Crisis support is available through organisations such as Lifeline. Call Lifeline on 131114 or visit the Lifeline website.
For more information on coping after the disaster has passed, take a look at Council's Get Ready North Burnett Guide.