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.
After an Emergency - A Guide to help you recognise and manage stress symptoms after crisis emergency situations [PDF 137KB]
Children and Crisis [PDF 126KB] [RTF 458KB]Family and Crisis [PDF 141KB] [RTF 464KB]
Teenagers and Crisis [PDF 136KB] [RTF 460KB]
Knowing your neighbours could save your life
Drop-in Centres [PDF 118KB] [Word 246KB]
Giving Psychological Support
Human Recovery for Emergencies Information for Workers in Emergencies [PDF 147KB] [RTF 468KB]
The Human Face of Disaster Recovery Information for Human Service Workers in Disasters [PDF 149KB] [RTF 486KB]
Emergency Guide and Grab and Go Kit
Are you ready for an emergency?
Your Emergency Grab and Go Booklet [PDF 141KB]