Experiencing an emergency situation or disaster event can be frightening, stressful and exhausting. Recovering from a disaster is a complex process that may take months, even years to overcome. Accessing emotional and social support, spending time talking to family and friends and partaking in active activities can be useful tools in getting back into the rhythm of day to day life.
A range of local community services and organisations which offer assistance to the Scenic Rim Region can be found by viewing our community directory.
Below is a range of services that may be able to assist you in your recovery needs.
Scenic Rim Recovery Services
Australian Red Cross
The Australian Red Cross supports communities where a disaster has occurred to offer social and emotional support to people effected and make referrals to other agencies. The Australian Red Cross is usually also involved in the operation of evacuation centres. Visit the website: www.redcross.org.au or phone 1300 554 419.
- Find here an info sheet outlining Red Cross Bushfire Assistance
Blue Care provides are range of Disability and Age care services within the Scenic Rim Region. Visit the website www.bluecare.org.au or phone 1300 258 322.
Department of Communities, Housing and Digital Economy
The Department of Communities offers resources and information to support community preparedness and recovery from disasters. Visit the website: www.communities.qld.gov.au/
Farmer Disaster Support
The Farmer Disaster Support website is an initiative of the Queensland Farmer's Federation and is a brilliant resource for farmers affected by disasters in Queensland.
Use the postcode search function to see what assistance is available in your local area. http://www.farmerdisastersupport.org.au
Lifeline provides counselling and support, including crisis counselling, to people affected by a disaster. Visit the website: www.lifeline.org.au or phone 131 114 for over-the-phone support.
National Bushfire Recovery Relief factsheets
The COVID-19 pandemic adds further strain to bushfire affected communities, many of which were already under pressure from drought or flood events. Find a list of Australian Government support, and how to access it in the below documents. It includes bushfire, drought, flood and COVID-19 assistance.
Pets in an Emergency
Visit the Queensland Government Disaster Preparedness website for more information about caring for your pet before, during, and after a disaster: www.qld.gov.au/emergency/dealing-disasters/prepare-pets
Queensland Rural and Industry Development Authority (QRIDA)
QRIDA administers financial assistance to disaster affected primary producers, businesses and non-profit organisations under the joint Commonwealth/Queensland Government funded Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA). Visit the website: www.qrida.qld.gov.au
Receiving and Giving of Community Donations
If you are in need of donated items after an emergency event, such as bedding, furniture or clothing, or are looking for a way to support the Scenic Rim community and those affected by a disaster, visit the GIVIT website: www.givit.org.au
We appreciate your generosity, however, we ask that you do not leave donations at safe havens or evacuation centres, as these places often become overcrowded and inundated with items.
If you're a farmer who could use a helping hand around the farm, or someone who is keen to volunteer a day's work, visit the Rural Aid website: www.ruralaid.org.au/
Volunteering Queensland offers a great opportunity for community members to give back to the community. They connect people, resources and organisations through volunteering projects and initiatives throughout Queensland. Visit the website www.volunteeringqld.org.au or phone (07) 3002 7600.