Help with Recovery for Residents
If you are affected by the 2013 Blue Mountains bushfires, Blue Mountains City Council on 4723 5000 is the point of contact for all recovery needs.
The Blue Mountains Local Community Recovery website includes information on recovery management, community news, property matters, financial support, support services, business recovery, how to be prepared, contact information and other useful links. You can also view previous issues and/or join the mailing list for the Recovery eNewsletter.
Blue Mountains City Council also hosts the Blue Mountains Local Community Recovery Facebook page.
Watch clinical psychologist Dr Rob Gordon discuss strategies to cope with stress after an emergency, building trust and confidence in your community and learning to trust your own thinking and actions.
Dr Gordon has spent the past 30 years working with people affected by emergencies and disasters. Rob was there in the aftermath of the Bali bombings and Christchurch earthquake, Black Saturday, the Canberra firestorm and, most recently, the Tasmanian bushfires, as well as many other large-scale disasters. He has advised the Red Cross and governments on how to assist individual people and whole communities as they rebuild and recover. His first-hand experience has helped many people affected by disasters to understand their reactions to trauma and grief, while his academic papers have contributed to new approaches to community engagement during the critical stages of recovery.