Pauline Gill was taken by surprise when a bushfire swept over her property in Sampson Flat, South Australia, forcing her and her husband to evacuate. A year later, Pauline spoke to us about the long-term emotional toll, and how Red Cross stood by her as she recovered.

"Before I thought bushfires only happen to other people," she said. "Your mental state is something people take for granted until you have to deal with a disaster."

Red Cross partners with communities before, during and after emergencies, helping people to build their resilience. By equipping people with the tools to prepare for disasters well before they happen, we're supporting neighbours to look out for one another and recover more quickly.