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Red Cross response


A year after one of the biggest cyclones in Australia's history slammed into Far North Queensland, people are still picking up the pieces and getting their lives back on track.

Anniversaries are times that can be stressful, as heightened interest in the disaster may result in reflection on where people are in their recovery journey.

Over the past year, Red Cross staff and volunteers have visited more than 12,000 homes in some of the worst affected areas, including Mission Beach, Tully, Japoonvale and Cardwell, to check on how people were coping in cyclone affected areas.

Community events are also being supported as part of a long-term recovery program.

More than 1400 Red Cross staff and trained volunteers have been on the ground over the past year, assisting flood and cyclone-affected people.

Thousands of people affected by the cyclone were assisted to get in touch with family and friends through the National Registration and Inquiry System (NRIS).

Staff and volunteers continue to support families and communities affected by the floods. Red Cross is working with local governments, The Department of Communities and other partner agencies to assist residents across Queensland.

Red Cross supporting communities to recover

We are still responding to one of the biggest disasters in Queensland's history. Recovery teams have been active on the ground since February 2011.

Red Cross is providing practical information and training to communities about the context of disaster.

Local governments and communities have also been working with Red Cross, prepaing for future storms, cyclones and bushfires.

We will continue to work with affected communities over the months ahead to support the road to recovery.

The ongoing work has been made possible with the generous support of the Aussie Farmers Foundation, ANZ Trustees Charitable Purposes in Victoria, Community Enterprise Foundation, Collier Charitable Fund, the Eldon and Anne Foote Trust of the Lord Mayor's Charitable Foundation and Percy Baxter Charitable Trust, managed by Perpetual.

  • Red Cross has also distributed a range of useful resources such as Cleaning up after an emergency: Dealing with wind and water damage, Coping with a major personal crisis, After the Emergency activity guide for children, and Helping children and young people cope with crisis.
  • The Psychological First Aid Manual and the Communicating in Recovery guide are resources to assist agencies and local communities in their journey of recovery.


Queenslanders still need your support

Please consider making a donation to our Disaster Relief and Recovery work. Your support assists us to help households and communities prepare for and recover from disasters.

Disasters can happen in a moment, but their effects can be felt a lifetime. Your support ensures that Red Cross is able to respond as soon as an emergency occurs and helps us continue to support people in their journey of recovery.



Rewards with recovery


Don moved to Cairns, was semi-retired and looking to give back to the community. Read more.

Rebuilding from the rubble


Ray Jenkins lost his Cardwell home when Cyclone Yasi hit North Queensland. Read more.