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Human connection is at the heart of all we do.

Dealing with an emergency can be stressful and exhausting. Recovering from a disaster is a complex process that may take months, even years to overcome.

Red Cross is committed to supporting people on their disaster journey. We talk with people in emergency-affected communities to identify gaps in support and our volunteers work with communities in the days, months and sometimes years after an emergency.

Disaster recovery: how we help

Red Cross volunteers work in recovery centres, visit homes, attend events and support community activities to provide both practical and emotional support and information. We also provide referrals to emergency and disaster recovery services. We assist with community recovery by helping communities understand and plan their recovery process and advise governments and agencies on good practice in recovery.

Photo: Australian Red Cross/Rodney Dekker

Helping Tassie kids face disasters

Lesssons to Recover

As part of disaster recovery, Red Cross is helping kids to recover after the Tasmanian bushfires in 2013 and giving them the tools to be better prepared in the future with Recovery Lesson Plans.

Recovery Resources

Coping with a major personal crisis
audiobooklet | easy 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: a book to help kids cope with emergencies

More resources