This means helping people and communities affected by emergencies to achieve a return to a proper and effective level of functioning. This can be achieved when Councils and others, using specialist services and resources, support the community as it manages its own recovery. This is a recognition that where a community experiences significant disaster, there is a need to supplement the personal, family and community structures which have been disrupted by the disaster.
Recovery operations commence during the actual emergency and may continue past the conclusion of response activities. In some cases, some aspects of recovery operations have been active for several years after the conclusion of the event. Social and psychological impacts are often complex and frequently may not surface for some time, or may reoccur long after the episode that causes them.
The State's recovery arrangements also provide, under the Emergency Management Act, 1986 and through arrangements with the Department of Human Services, for victims of house fires. Persons who are affected by a house fire, where the sole focus of the fire was within the occupants house, may be eligible for financial and other assistance.
(eligibility criteria may apply)
For further information contact:
The Family Services Manager
Ph: (03) 5349 1100