After a Disaster


After an Disaster

Disaster recovery is a coordinated process to support individuals and communities through reconstruction of physical infrastructure, economic recovery, the environment and support in emotional, social, physical wellbeing and psychological health.

Support Groups

The Red Cross has published a series of resources to help people recover from the effects of disaster, including coping strategies for adults and children, cleaning up, dealing with memorials and anniversaries. Red Cross

Crisis support is available through organisations such as Lifeline. Call Lifeline on 13 11 14 or log onto the Lifeline website.

Other not-for-profit organisations that provide post-disaster emotional support, crisis hotlines and other assistance include:

  • Salvation Army - 1300 371 288
  • St. Vincent de Paul - 1300 633 343
  • Adventist Development and Relief Agency Australia Ltd - 1800 242 372
  • RSPCA - 1300 ANIMAL (1300 264 625)
  • Blue Care - 1300 258 322
  • St John Ambulance - 1300 ST JOHN (1300 785 646)

The Get Ready Queensland website may also be very helpful. Get Ready Queensland


Before and after extreme weather, when it's safe to do so, members of the community can get involved in preparation and recovery activities that support disaster agencies, government, non-government organisations and community groups through Volunteering Qld's Emergency Volunteering CREW (Community Response to Extreme Weather).

Volunteering Qld is the lead agency in Queensland for coordinating volunteer efforts during and after a disaster. Contact Volunteering Qld to register your interest in helping. Volunteering QLD