There are a number of Still Standing resources available for download to support individuals, families and communities through the process of rebuilding and dealing with the effects of natural disasters.
After a natural disaster, many emotions come to the surface. We can lose a sense of what is normal, we can feel a loss of control of our life, we can lose hope that things will ever improve. For some people, depression becomes an issue and we need to seek medical help.
We need strong support and although we might be reaching out for help for the first time in our lives, help is available. This fact sheet outlines key steps on how to restore hope.
Everyone deals with natural disasters in their own way. It is impossible to compare one person's recovery with another. This is an important guide to coping with the judgment of those around you, and keeping perspective on other people's situations.
Helping your children
Following a disaster, children may witness anxiety and fear in usually confident parents and caregivers. This guide helps parents understand how children are affected by natural disasters and offers ways to help them.
Helping someone through the emotional trauma of a disaster can be difficult and confusing. You may wonder what you can say to help. This fact sheet will guide you on how to help someone you know who has been through a natural disaster.
Talking to your teenager
Teenagers react to trauma in similar ways to adults. They may feel that the world has suddenly become a dangerous and unsafe place. They may feel overwhelmed by intense emotions and may not understand how to cope with these feelings.
This is a guide to understanding how teenagers are affected by natural disasters and how to help them.
Understanding recovery: The first stage
As the threat of a disaster looms, people move into an emergency survival state and that's governed by the way adrenalin switches on in our brains and saturates our whole bodies. When that happens we become totally programmed for survival and in order to do that we become totally focused on experiencing things physically in our immediate environment.
That's what our survival depends on – where's the flood, the fire, where's the gunmen, what do I need to do to survive? This is a step-by-step guide to understanding the process of recovery and what to expect now.
Emergency contact guide
It's not until an emergency hits and we are left searching for people to help us in the crisis. We've compiled a handy guide to provide you with a comprehensive list of emergency contacts and websites to assist you when dealing with an emergency situation. Download this handy Emergency Contact Guide and share copies of it with your family and friends.