February 16, 2020
There is no doubt that the beginning of 2020 has brought a great deal of stress and sadness for many. Our heartfelt wishes go out to everyone, especially those who have been personally affected by these devastating fires.
Many of our local community service organisations have been working hard to support the individuals, families, and communities which have been impacted. We recognise the enormity of the work done by community workers and volunteers to offer the practical support, and the personal support needed by so many impacted by the crisis.
We recognise that these services will be needed for many months and years ahead, as we support communities through the crisis, the recovery, the rebuilding, and the future resilience-building phases to come.
There are many resources available to assist across all of these phases and it can seem a little overwhelming, so we have collated many below to help you to continue to keep helping our communities.
Our colleagues at Mountains Community Resource Network developed many practical resources after they supported community after the 2013 fires. Find resources to help individuals here and resources for service providers here. They also have preparedness resources to assist with planning for the future here. Their website has a wealth of information, so please check it out.
Of course Red Cross has expertise in dealing with emergencies, and has many great resources.
- Resources about disasters
- Preparing for an emergency
- Psychological First Aid: An Australian guide to supporting people affected by disaster
- For communities
- Advice for managing distress (in 7 community languages
- Easy English version of Preparing for a disaster
- Australian Disaster Resilience Knowledge Hub
- Aged and Community Services Australia (ACSA) have a range of resources for Aged Service providers available on their website here.
- The NSW Government Office of Emergency Planning has a range of tools available here.
- NSW Rural Fire service has tools available here.
- Walk With is an online training tool for family, welfare, health and community support workers. The Walk With online training tool translates the lessons learned from the Step by Step experience and integrates these with evidence informed best practice in disaster resilience available here.
- Community Recovery Handbook.
- New Zealand Red Cross: Leading in Disaster Recovery: A companion through the chaos.
- Emergency NSW – National Strategy for Disaster Resilience Community Engagement Framework.
- National Strategy for disaster resilience guide.
- Toolkit developed by Emerging Minds to help and support adults and children before, during, and after a disaster or traumatic event.
- Department of Human Services link to show where mobile service teams are located each day.
- Being disaster ready.
Office of Emergency Management:
- Spend with them – an initiative encouraging people to spend money in fire ravaged towns. Click here for more information.
- Empty Esky – a movement of foodies and adventurers supporting local businesses affected by the fires. Click here for more information.
Useful Phone Numbers:
- Employer Advice The NSW Business Chamber are offering employment advice to all bushfire affected employers via their Workplace Advice line on 132959.
- NSW Mental Health Line 1800 011 511
- Lifeline 13 11 14
- Beyond Blue 1300 224 636
- Disaster Welfare Assistance Line (DWAL) 1800 018 444
- The Disaster Response Legal Service NSW 1800 801 529