Disaster Recovery

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Under the terms of the NSW state disaster plan, Anglicare has a designated role to play in assisting Community Services staff, and other volunteer agencies in the operation of Evacuation or Recovery centres, should they be required. In order to be prepared to be of real help following a natural or man-made disaster, volunteers are required to undertake a full day training course, to become Disaster Recovery accredited. In this way Anglicare Disaster Recovery teams have been established at 12 locations up and down the region each with a Team Leader. Our Regional Disaster Recovery Coordinator, based in the Maclean office, coordinates the training, administration and activity (in times of activation) of teams.

Anyone over 18, with a heart for helping people and prepared to work under the Anglicare umbrella, can train to be a Disaster Recovery volunteer. Training courses are free to attend, with costs recoverable from the state government, and are regularly scheduled, rotating up and down the diocese.

Our ‘General Support’ role underpins the other Community Partners. The work we are asked to do can range from assisting Red Cross volunteers to register victims, to assisting The Salvation Army to feed people, and much more in between. Team Leaders are often part of Local Emergency Management committees and network with the other agencies involved – Red Cross, Salvation Army and ADRA. In addition Anglicare also has a new role – to provide Material Aid to disaster victims, when required, as part of the support offered to victims accessing an evacuation centre.

CONTACT DETAILS
If you would like to find out more about Anglicare North Coast Disaster Recovery program, including training opportunities in your area, please contact:

Anne Dinham on (02) 6645 1244 or Email: disrec@anglicarenc.org.au