Support after natural disasters and emergencies
Natural disasters such as fires, floods and storms can significantly impact your life and the lives of those around you.
There's no time frame for recovery, but support and assistance are available to help you get back on track.
Speak to a GP and contact your local council to find out what is available for you.
To find your local:
If you experienced trauma, damage or loss due to the June 2021 storms and floods, you can access the Victorian Storm Recovery Support Program.
Alice, Wendy and Ernie accessed support after natural disasters. Reaching out provided them with someone to regularly talk with and advocate on their behalf.
Michelle helped Alice link up with services in her area.
Melinda helped Ernie get things off his chest when he needed to.
Sam advocated for Wendy when she had to deal with insurance and clean ups.
You may also be eligible for the Personal Hardship Assistance Program.
Understanding the impacts of emergencies
People may experience a range of physical, mental, emotional and behavioural reactions following an emergency. For more information, visit BetterHealth's Trauma recovery services.
Clinical psychologists Rob Gordon and David Younger discuss recovery after emergencies and natural disasters.
State emergency management plan
We coordinate psychosocial support under the State Emergency Management Plan (SEMP). The SEMP is available at Emergency Management Victoria.