Returning to normality after a disaster may be quick or difficult and prolonged.
Following an event, the Local Disaster Management Group (LDMG) will convene 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 has occurred, can be both physically and mentally challenging. Knowing what you can expect to see and deal with may help you adjust to the aftermath.
Recognise that recovery takes time, and it is okay to ask for help. Following a disaster, a range of welfare and support services will be made 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. If you have already checked in with your neighbours and still wish to help with the disaster recovery, there are several organisations you may contact to offer further assistance.