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About after the emergency

About the project

The After the Emergency mp3s and website were developed after the 2009 Victorian bushfires. They are intended to be distributed immediately after a disaster, but may also serve as long-term resources for young people (aged 12-25 years) affected by crisis.

The lead consultant on the project was Brownwyn Tarrant, MA (PsychStud),MN(MentalHealth), BA, BN, DipAppSc, MRCNA, MACMHN, AssociateFellow NYIRET. An adolescent psychotherapist based in Melbourne, Bronwyn is also a member of the Australian Child and Adolescent Trauma, Loss and Grief Network. During an extensive research and consultation phase we talked to young people to understand what they want and need after a disaster and how they want info delivered.

After the emergency was launched in February 2010. To date more than 8,000 units have been distributed in fire, storm and flood-affected schools, communities, sporting groups, youth groups and other networks across Australia. The resource adopts a holistic and all-hazards approach to emergency recovery.

In late 2010, the resources were showcased at the International Society of Trauma Stress Studies annual conference in Montreal, Canada. We also received the 2010 International Association of Emergency Managers award for Technology & Innovation for Oceania and won the Global award in the same category.

The resource has also been awarded a Safer Communities Award from the Australian Attorney-General's Department.

In 2011-12, Australian Red Cross worked with our New Zealand colleagues to extend the resource for young people affected by the Christchurch earthquakes.

In August 2014 the mp3 project was updated and re-released as a podcast, read more here