Hi, my name is Kate Brady and John has been kind enough to let me write a guest post for his blog. I am the National Recovery Adviser for the Australian Red Cross and recently completed my PhD looking at what people who have been affected by disasters think is most helpful when recovering. I […]Read more "The subtle art of being patient"
These fires are unprecedented. Nationwide. Creating their own weather like some Marvel Movie. a political shitstorm. Extraordinary generosity. And no end in sight. There are a number of intersections we’ve not really seen before, and this is provoking a collective anxiety. It almost fits what we call a collective trauma event, where the very foundations […]Read more "This is how we are feeling"
The situation remains dynamic, the fire threat is ever present and this will shape actions in the days, weeks, and possibly months to come. There will be good days, and bad days, anxious days, and relieved days, exhausted days, and fun days, clear days, and fuzzy days. For many clean up begins, decisions on where […]Read more "This is how we stay safe"
The sweet sound of rain this week has given many people a few days of welcome respite from the harrowing days and weeks of before. We know that the pause though, is short, and increased fire danger will return, threatening new communities. Despite all the warnings, we still hear of people getting out just in […]Read more "This is how we get ready."
There’s a plan. From the household, right up to the Federal Government. No plan is perfect, disasters by their very nature throw up surprises. But people all across the country, spend a lot of time working through scenarios, and working out what to do, and planning for it. And when it happens, they “do”. But […]Read more "This is how we manage"
The whole range of human emotion is on show, right now, sometimes all at once. The very nature of emergency or disaster both takes away some of the boundaries, and sharpens the focus. It is an extreme rollercoaster ride for those caught up in the midst of it, those helping out, and those looking on. […]Read more "This is what people go through"
Many people feel helpless in the face of the unfolding nationwide bushfire crisis. This is entirely normal as what we are seeing is outside of our control, and as much as we want to be better for the people, the communities, the animals, and for firefighters to not have to die, or be exhausted, or […]Read more "This is how we help"