The following fact sheets have been prepared by the Department of Human Services for the purpose of assisting members of the community cope with the impact of prolonged essential service disruption or natural disaster.
People are usually surprised at how much a crisis or trauma affects them. It frequently changes the way they think, their values, habits, feelings and behaviour. In fact, it may influence most aspects of their life.
Usually people do not expect their families to be affected, but a major event or crisis in the life of one person always influences their family. Although it is made up of individuals, a family is a unit. What changes one member changes the others.
A crisis or critical incident can bring benefits to a family in the form of greater understanding, closeness or a new appreciation of each other. Sometimes it can bring difficulties and misunderstanding, especially if family members do not understand why they are having to adapt to each other in new ways.
Emergency Guide and Grab and Go Kit
The ACT Government all hazards Emergency Preparedness Guide and Grab and Go Kit is now available in the following languages: