Recovering from natural disasters

Natural disasters such as cyclones, bushfires and floods can have a major impact on our lives.

These resources are designed to help you cope with the physical and emotional effects of a natural disaster.

Staying informed

Before, during and after a natural disaster, stay informed through the SecureNT website.

It includes important information on preparing for cyclones, which can occur in the Top End from November to May, and bushfires, which are common in the Northern Territory.

During disasters, ABC radio is the official broadcaster for the latest emergency updates.

Advice on the use of P2 masks for those exposed to bushfire smoke

P2 masks are not recommended for general community use.

The use of P2 masks should be limited to:

  • vulnerable people including those with significant health issues;
  • people whose only option is to work outside; or
  • people returning to their properties in burned areas

Read the Australian Department of Health’s P2 mask factsheet.

Looking after yourself

Natural disasters can cause significant psychological and emotional distress, even for those who aren’t directly involved.

Ready beyondblue’s advice on looking after yourself after a disaster.

The Australian Psychological Society has produced factsheets on useful skills for disaster recovery:

Supporting children and young people

Children cope with trauma in different ways and there is no one ‘standard’ pattern of reaction to the stress of traumatic experiences like a bushfire.

Take a look at these resources:

Need to talk to someone?

If you’re feeling overwhelmed you might find it helpful to talk to someone you trust such as a friend, family member, your GP, or a counsellor.

24-hour crisis support services

Beyondblue – Call 1300 224 636
Defence Force all hours support line – Call 1800 628 036
Emergency mobile contact – 112
Kids Helpline (5-25 years) – 1800 551 800
Lifeline – 13 11 14
Mensline Australia – Call 1300 789 978
Northern Territory Mental Health Line – 1800 682 288
Police and Ambulance Emergency – 000
Samaritans Crisis Line – Call 13 52 47
WomensLine – 1800 811 811

Counselling and support services

eheadspace – 1800 650 890
Red Dust Healing – 0419 489 275

Veterans services

Defence Community Organisation – 1800 624 608
Defence Force all hours support line – Call 1800 628 036
Veterans and Veterans Families – 1800 011 046

Online chat

Online chat may also be available at some services including the following:
Lifeline
Beyondblue
eheadspace
Kids Help Line
Mensline Australia

Non-English speakers

Translating and Interpreting Service (TIS) - call 13 14 50 and ask to speak to Lifeline.

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