After a Disaster

Returning to normal after a disaster may be quick, or difficult and prolonged.

If the event has been severe, the Local Disaster Management Group will establish a recovery committee to:

  • Ensure people’s wellbeing;
  • Rebuild essential infrastructure;
  • Help economic recovery; and
  • Rehabilitate the environment.


Following major disasters, the Queensland Department of Communities may set up recovery centres in some areas.  They will assist people who have been physically, financially and emotionally affected.  Please note that recovery centres are not evacuation centres and do not provide emergency shelter.


Community recovery information is now just a click away. The Self Recovery App has been launched to provide access to vital information about disasters and emergencies in Queensland.
The app features vital tips for preparing for disasters and cleaning up after them, including:

  • Insurance information
  • Personal and family support
  • Business support
  • How to volunteer
  • How to donate goods and services
  • How to make a financial contribution.


Please stay away from disaster zones to allow emergency workers clear access.  Many agencies work around the clock to assist with recovery. If you are not part of the recovery effort you could hinder their efforts.


Refer to the Department of Health’s website  for detailed food safety tips.


Many people want to volunteer their time to help others after a disaster. The support volunteers provide helps communities get back on track as quickly as possible.

When you’re volunteering during a disaster it’s important to recognise that everyone will react in different ways.

Visit the Queensland Government’s Tips for Volunteers and Volunteering Queensland websites for more information about volunteering after a disaster.


If a natural disaster is declared in Queensland, an appeal for cash donations may commence. Usually this is started by the Premier or a major charity (such as Red Cross). These funds are used to purchase suitable goods needed by affected people.


The Red Cross has published a series of resources to help people recover from the effects of disaster, including:

  • Coping strategies for adults and children
  • Cleaning up
  • Dealing with memorials and anniversaries.

Crisis support is available through organisations such as Lifeline. Call Lifeline on 131114 or visit the Lifeline website.

For more information on coping after the disaster has passed, take a look at Council’s Get Ready North Burnett Guide.

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