Walk With Bookshelf

This is our ‘Bookshelf’ resource centre. Here you will find links to important organisations, as well as articles, documents and helpful information which you can refer to, not only as you complete the Walk With course, but anytime you may need after you have completed the course as well.

NDRRA (National Disaster Relief & Recovery Arrangements) FACT SHEET

Disaster Assist – https://www.disasterassist.gov.au

4 categories (A-D) that provide financial assistance to individuals/business/communities following disaster events

Attorney General’s Department – Emergency Management

Recovery Assistance – https://www.ag.gov.au/EmergencyManagement/Recovery-Assistance

Information on grants and funds to assist in recovery

Psychosocial Support in Disasters – a resource for Health Professionals

One of the priorities in emergencies and disasters is to protect and improve people’s mental health and psychosocial well-being. This portal provides valuable resources for professionals working with individuals and communities threatened by or affected by, emergencies and disasters.


Victorian Council of Social Services Children and Young People Roundtable 2014

Lessons from Victorian Bushfires and Floods: – Children and young people have very different needs to adults in emergency recovery planning, and require targeted and specialised interventions so they have the best opportunity to achieve a successful recovery following a disaster.


Older people and Disaster Preparedness

For Seniors, By Seniors – American Red Cross



Key points for Seniors

A checklist of supports


Guidelines to Understand Disability Inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction (DIDRR) principles

Practical activities to engage the community in building resilience:



The University of Sydney Centre for Disability Research and Policy

Preparedness for natural disasters saves lives and minimizes injury. People with disabilities are twice as likely to die or be injured during natural disasters as the general population. One in five people in NSW live with disability. Individuals with disability are more likely to be socially isolated and have nobody to turn to in times of emergencies


The Hidden Disaster: Domestic Violence in the Aftermath of Natural Disaster



1800 RESPECT Violence in Times of Disaster


Extreme weather makes homelessness even worse. Here’s how we can help.

Danielle Every, CQUniversity Australia


Disaster Recovery Homelessness Toolkit – US Dept. Housing & Urban Development

The consequences of disasters for homeless and other vulnerable people are severe. People who lack shelter are already in crisis, and a disaster can multiply their difficulties while adversely affecting their ability to cope.


After The Bushfires – Victoria’s Psychosocial Recovery Framework 2009

Advice on the principles and considerations that should underpin a bushfire psychosocial recovery process.



A university-based research team has found that many people affected by the 2003 bushfires believe their local communities and neighbourhoods were strengthened after the fires.


Step By Step Blue Mountains Bushfire Recovery Service 2013

The Step by Step Bushfire Support Service Qualitative Evaluation


Article in 2016 edition of AJEM p8:


NSW Office of Emergency Management Resource for Community Service Workers

Preparing clients for emergencies, how emergencies are managed in NSW and Community Service Workers Resource Library


Six Steps to Disaster Resilience ACOSS (Australian Council of Social Services)

Key capacities and actions that can be taken by organisations to support them to bounce back from disasters and emergencies. We have consolidated these into the.


Preparedness for Community MCRN (Mountains Community resource Network)

To support the local community and local community services sector to prepare for emergencies, two resources, B SAFE Research Report and The Get Ready! Guide, have been produced



Dr Rob Gordon

The clinical psychologist discusses strategies to cope with stress after an emergency, building trust and confidence in your community and learning to trust your own thinking and actions.


Organisational Resources

It can be helpful to map the nature of your organisation’s collaborative relationships in preparing for disaster responsiveness


What is resilience, and how is it assessed or measured?

Resilience is defined as the capacity of individuals, families, communities, systems, and institutions to anticipate, withstand and/ or judiciously engage with catastrophic events and/or experiences; actively making meaning with the goal of maintaining normal function without fundamental loss of identity. At the individual level, human resilience is a normal and common response to adversity. At the level of family and/or community, the capacity to anticipate, withstand and maintain normal function following disasters is mediated by right types, timing, and levels of social support .https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3060724/

Contemporary Research and Practice in the field of Community-based Disaster Resilience

A review of the academic research, commentary, policy and practice that exists around building resilience and resilient communities in contemporary Australia. It defines the concept of community resilience and discusses the closely related concepts of capacity building, community connectedness and stakeholder engagement.


Community Resilience – University of Western Sydney


It has the short video including grab from Andrew Kaye RFS District Services Coordinator Community Engagement about working with community services.

Queensland Emergency Volunteering Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Resilience Project

Collaboration with Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander communities and organisations, emergency services, disaster management agencies, emergency volunteers, local councils and Elders, to share traditional knowledge about disaster resilience through culturally appropriate, localised engagement that’s built on trust and respect.


Co-working in Disaster Recovery

2015 National Disaster Resilience Roundtable Report

Co-working in recovery is temporary by nature, with two or more organisations sharing a unique location for a fixed period of time and working towards at least one shared goal. It is more than just sharing an office space; it is organisations sharing a space, working across organisational boundaries with the intention to achieve a shared vision. In a disaster context, this shared purpose must always include supporting the affected community recover from the disaster.