After a Disaster
Returning to normality after a disaster may be quick or difficult and prolonged.
Following an event, the Local Disaster Management Group will convene its Local Recovery and Resilience Sub Group to:
- ensure people's wellbeing;
- rebuild essential infrastructure;
- help local economic recovery; and,
- rehabilitate the natural environment.
Recovering from a disaster is usually a gradual process. Safety is a primary issue, as are mental and physical well-being. If assistance is available, knowing how to access it makes the process faster and less stressful. This section offers some general advice on steps to take after disaster strikes in order to begin getting your home, your community and your life back to normal.
Venturing outside or returning home after a disaster can be physically and mentally challenging. Knowing what to expect may help you adjust to the aftermath.
Recovery takes time, and it is okay to ask for help. Following a disaster, welfare and support services will be available to affected members of the community.
Your first step should be to check in with your neighbours and try to assist them where you can. Several organisations may offer further assistance.