Bushfire Preparation and Recovery

Bushfires can have a crippling effect on communities and the people who live within them.

If you have been affected by bushfires, there is support available to you during the long road to recovery. This support not only covers assistance with physical necessities, but also with personal support for you and your family.

The Rural Adversity Mental Health Program (RAMHP) has compiled the below list of organisation who can help those affected with bushfires begin their recovery. Please remember the effect of natural disasters on people varies from individual to individual. If you or someone you know no longer feels able to cope please call the 24 hour Mental Health Line on 1800 011 511.

Australian Red Cross

The Red Cross has a range of resources which have been designed to help people better prepare, respond to and recover from emergencies. Visit here for the resources.

Family and Community Services

Community Services works to help during and immediately after bushfires in NSW through Evacuation Centres and Disaster Recovery Centres. In addition, financial assistance may also be available through the NSW Disaster Relief Scheme.

If you have been affected by bushfires, call Community Services Disaster Welfare Services on 1800 018 444 for further information on types of assistance available to you.

Beyond Blue

To help people deal with the emotional impact of a disaster, beyondblue has a free booklet – Looking after Yourself after a Disaster – which was developed in association with the Australian Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health, the Australian Red Cross and the Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement.

The booklet contains helpful information about the common reactions people may experience in the weeks and months following a disaster.