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After an Emergency

Emergency Recovery Information

It is understandable to feel concerned and to experience a mix of strong emotions or physical reactions after an emergency.  For those who have faced emegencies before, this might be a particularly challenging time that is stirring up memories and feelings of sadness, fear, and grief.

It’s important to remember that recovery is a personal journey, and everyone experiences things differently. For some people, recovery is ongoing.  Remember, experiencing these emotions is a normal response to such events, but these concerns may lead to other issues if they are not managed.

If you find yourself experiencing strong emotions, remember that talking about your worries and feelings as well as remaining connected to others can make them more manageable. It is important to identify what actions can be taken to address the source of your concerns. Be aware of the signs that you might need some extra support and get help if you need it. Find out more here:

Seeking help is a sign of strength and often the first step in recovery. Remember, you are not alone in this. If you are feeling overwhelmed or concerned about your mental health, or that of someone close to you, don’t hesitate to reach out for support by talking to:

For more help and information please visit:


Psychologists Rob Gordon and David Younger provide some insights into the recovery process in the Department of Families, Fairness and Housing’s recent video series:


The Emergency Management Victoria website has information on recovery after a variety of events, including bushfire, flood and storm. The information can change when particular events are taking place or have happened so it is best to keep an eye on the website - Relief and Recovery - VicEmergency

Agriculture Victoria have a variety of information on their website regarding farm recovery. You can find this information here -  Recovery after emergency – information for farmers

Once you’ve assessed the damage to your property, one of the first things you should do is contact your insurance provider. The sooner you do this, the sooner your claim will be processed. Make sure that you are aware of your rights and options.