Bushfire Disaster Recovery
Bushfires in Australia have been devastating, burning more than 10 million hectares of land, killing wildlife, destroying homes, and sending smoke across Australia and even to New Zealand. There is a long road ahead as our firefighters continue to manage existing and new fires as best they can, and as the impacted communities navigate this new reality and start to try and rebuild.
This is an emergency.
We are compiling resources to help those navigating disaster response engagement in affected areas. Stay tuned as we will continue to grow this page with relevant resources.
Pro bono professional services
IAP2 Australasia are calling on the engagement community to offer professional services pro bono to any Government agency or other organisation that needs assistance in engaging with the community in the areas of disaster response; disaster recovery; and climate change education and awareness.
Thank you to Comacon for kickstarting this initiative and pledging support.
If you are able to help, we invite you to email firstname.lastname@example.org with your:
- Contact Phone
- Contact Email
- Location/s you are available to help in
- Services/areas of expertise
- How you would like to help
IAP2 Australasia will publish your details on this page, to be shared with Government agencies and organisations that need assistance.
There are many ways you can contribute to the bushfire crisis. Here are just three of the many organisations with bushfire crisis appeals:
Australian Red Cross
The Australian Red Cross have launched a joint disaster appeal with the ABC to support the communities affected by fires. They support a variety of efforts such as supporting people at evacuation centres and providing emergency assistance like cash grants to people who have lost their homes.
World Wildlife Fund Australia
You can help WWF-Australia get emergency funds to care for our injured wildlife, and when the fires clear, help restore the forest homes our koalas and other animals have lost.
The stress caused following a natural disaster can lead to ‘burnout’ and physical, mental and emotional exhaustion. Your donation can help recruit, train and support more Crisis Supporters and develop new technologies and services that help us respond to more people, faster.
The following organisations within the engagement community have pledged their support to offer professional services pro bono to any Government agency or other organisation that needs assistance in engaging with the community in the areas of disaster response; disaster recovery; and climate change education and awareness.
Anne Leadbeater OAM, Director and Principal of the Leadbeater Group joined Elisabeth Ellis, Professional Development Manager, IAP2 Australasia to discuss engagement tips for disaster response and recovery.
Anne has 25 years’ experience in community and economic development through her roles in local and state Government, emergency management and adult education. Anne worked on behalf of the Murrindindi Shire Council to coordinate recover efforts for the Kinglake Ranges following the 2009 Victorian Bushfires and has also worked with disaster-impacted communities in Queensland, New South Wales, South Australia, Victoria and New Zealand.
Anne’s extensive experience includes facilitation of state-wide consultation sessions with staff and stakeholders for the development of the Victorian Department of Land, Water and Planning Customer Charter, and design and delivery of a national tour of masterclasses on disaster recovery for the International Association for Public Participation (IAP2) Australasia.
From these workshops, the Guide to Engaging in Disaster Recovery was developed by an IAP2 Australasia working group, led by Anne.
Anne has worked in economic development as the Strategic Project Manager for Murrindindi Shire Council’s Advancing Country Towns project. In 2018, she was lead writer on the development of Handbook 12 – Communities Responding to Disasters (Planning for Spontaneous Volunteers) and a review of Handbook 2 – Community Recovery for the Australian Institute of Disaster Resilience.
Anne specialises in working with large and small groups on strategic planning, policy development, disaster recovery and managing outrage. Anne holds a masters’ degree in Social Science and has authored published papers on drought policy, communicating in emergencies, and the role of community leadership in disaster recovery. She is a specialist facilitator with the National Centre for Emergency Management Studies, and was a Core Values Awards judge for IAP2 Australasia in 2017 and 2019.
Guide to Engaging in Disaster Recovery
In 2015, following a series of master classes and workshops on community engagement and disaster recovery, a working group, led by Anne Leadbeater OAM (an independent national consultant in disaster recovery and community resilience) created IAP2 Australasia’s A Guide to Engaging in Disaster Recovery.
This guide is intended for anyone involved in a disaster recovery situation; community leaders, politicians, engagement practitioners, workers from specialised agencies, those without prior recovery experience, or for recovery engagement professionals who have experience in this work but who may be working in a new community that they are unfamiliar with.
The content focuses on the ‘human’ element of recovery, examining the importance of effective engagement, and identifying useful strategies that maximise the potential for sustained, strategic disaster recovery that is genuinely community-led.
While the focus of the guide is on the recovery phase, the information has relevance for communities before, during and after a disaster, and may prove equally valuable to those working with communities through all stages of emergency management.
The guide outlines eleven key principles, including:
- First understand the drivers and values of a community
- Consult broadly
- Effective engagement requires a plan – before, during and after disaster
- Identify, recognise and support vulnerable members of the community
- Be mindful of the political implications
- Manage expectations
We are happy to send free printed copies upon request. Simply contact us via email@example.com with your details.
Community Trauma Toolkit
Courtesy of the Office for Mental Health and Wellbeing | ACT Health | ACT Government
The community trauma toolkit contains evidence based resources to help and support adults and children before, during, and after a disaster or traumatic event. It provides information and resources about some of the impacts of disaster and how you can help lessen these impacts.
The information in this Toolkit is grouped into the timeframes surrounding a natural disaster or traumatic event: preparedness; immediate; short-term recovery; and long-term recovery. The resources are tailored to the various audience including:
- Parents and caregivers
- General Practitioners
- Community leaders
- First Responders, and
- Health and Social workforces.
The toolkit was developed by ANU’s Australian Child and Adolescent Trauma Grief and Loss Network (ACATGLN) for the Emerging Minds collaboration using funding from the Commonwealth government.
ACATGLN is part of the ANU Medical School and sits within the Academic Unit of General Practice and is full of simple practical evidence based advice and can be accessed for free.
Image courtesy of https://emergingminds.com.au/resources/toolkits/community-trauma-toolkit/
Mapping Approaches to Community Engagement for Preparedness in Australia
Courtesy of Dr Kim Johnston | Associate Professor | PhD MAICD FHEA | QUT Business School | Queensland University of Technology and Dr Barbara Ryan and Prof Maureen Taylor
A framework based on current and future Australian community engagement for preparedness approaches, which benchmarks best practice and facilitates transparent evaluation systems for end-users/agencies.
Image courtesy of https://www.bnhcrc.com.au/publications/biblio/bnh-6108
Leading in Disaster Recovery – A Companion through the Chaos
Courtesy of Chris Mene
Recovering from a disaster is a deeply human event – it requires us to reach deep inside of ourselves and bring to others the best of who we can be. It’s painful, tiring, rewarding and meaningful. The responsibility can be heavy and at times you may fee lalone. This is your companion through chaos that will connect you with over 100 other people who have walked in similar shoes.
This Companion is about leadership in disaster recovery. Many, like those who contributed, will not identify as leaders – yet they undoubtedly are. Leadership takes many shapes. It takes a web of connected and supported leaders to catch the opportunities that recovery offers communities. Manuals for recovery programming abound. This is not one. This Companion shares hard-won wisdom and practical strategies. These are the messages others wished they’d had, and tools for putting these ideas in place because in a pressured environment with many priorities, hearing the message is often not enough.
Six Steps to Disaster Recovery by Dr Rob Gordon
Published by NZ Red Cross
Dr Rob Gordon is a psychologist and disaster recovery expert. In this video he provides six tips to assist people living in Canterbury who may be affected by the earthquakes.
Children’s Health guide in Natural Disaster recovery
Courtesy of Sioux Campbell
Birdie’s Tree Growing together through natural disasters
Natural disasters like storms, cyclones, floods or fire can be very frightening and upsetting for babies and young children. Playing a therapeutic game or reading a story with a caring adult can help a young child work through the scary experiences and ‘big feelings’. There’s information for parents and carers too.
Image courtesy of https://www.childrens.health.qld.gov.au/natural-disaster-recovery/