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Resources about disasters

If you want to prepare for disasters, have experienced a disaster or are recovering from a disaster, Red Cross has a host of useful emergency management resources that can help. Download, save and print this information or email us to order printed copies.

Prepare for disasters

Download the Red Cross RediPlan: a free disaster preparedness guide packed with helpful hints and clever strategies on how to prepare for disasters and make your emergency plan.

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For more information, learn about how to prepare for disasters.

Respond to disasters

These disaster resources help you to better understand what you might experience immediately after an emergency and/or how you might help others with emergency management.

How to help after an emergency
fact sheet | audio

Dealing with the stress of an emergency

Donating food to emergency services
information sheet

Psychological First Aid: An Australian guide to supporting people affected by disaster.

Beat the heat: how to keep cool in heatwaves and hot weather 
Heatwaves and hot weather have killed more people in Australia than any other natural disaster. Find out how to beat the heat and keep cool this summer.

Beat the heat: heatstroke signs, symptoms and what you can do to help 
Help yourself and others when the temperature soars by learning about the signs, symptoms and treatment of heatstroke and heat exhaustion.

Recover from disasters

This section helps you to better understand what you may experience when recovering from an emergency and what you can do to help yourself through this difficult time. Our disaster recovery resources include:

Coping with a major personal crisis
audio | bookleteasy English | large print

Cleaning up after an emergency: Dealing with wind and water damage
booklet | easy English

Looking after yourself and your family after a disaster

After the Emergency website, podcast and mp3 player
A website for young people recovering from an emergency.

The free podcast includes music and expert advice for young people affected by emergencies. The podcast can be downloaded from iTunes.

The After the Emergency mp3 player is pre-loaded with the podcast and is available free to people affected by emergencies. Red Cross welcomes orders from schools and youth organisations. For details visit the After the Emergency website or email

After the emergency: a book to help kids cope with emergencies

How to talk to children about emergencies
fact sheet | audio | large print

Helping children and young people cope with crisis

Dealing with memorials and anniversaries

Returning home after a bushfire evacuation
fact sheet | Information page

Promoting recovery after trauma: The Australian Guidelines for the Treatment of Acute Stress Disorder and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

Useful links

For weather information, visit the Bureau of Meteorology

For emergency management information, visit Emergency Management in Australia

For personal risk information, visit Know Risk

For recovery assistance information, visit Disaster Assist