Flood Recovery Shoalhaven

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The Shoalhaven has again been affected by storms, rain and floods resulting in flood inundation to properties.

The Shoalhaven community has once again shown incredible resilience during this challenging time with many still in the recovery following the 2022 storms and floods with some still in recovery following the bushfires.

Recovery takes time and is different for everyone. We are all affected by disasters in our own personal way. Council's Outreach team is here to support our community.

The recovery journey can be a complex one with many challenges. We have seen and continue to see extraordinary compassion and kindness

The Shoalhaven has again been affected by storms, rain and floods resulting in flood inundation to properties.

The Shoalhaven community has once again shown incredible resilience during this challenging time with many still in the recovery following the 2022 storms and floods with some still in recovery following the bushfires.

Recovery takes time and is different for everyone. We are all affected by disasters in our own personal way. Council's Outreach team is here to support our community.

The recovery journey can be a complex one with many challenges. We have seen and continue to see extraordinary compassion and kindness shown in our community. Let us remember to stay connected and support each other.

Council’s Outreach Team is available for both our bushfire and flood affected community…we are here to listen, help, provide referrals and practical advice.

Please call 4429 5888 Monday to Friday 9.00am to 5.00pm. Just having someone to talk to can make a difference.

To receive regular updates, subscribe to this Get Involved page through the 'Stay Informed' tool on this web page.

This page aims to support our community through the recovery journey by providing contacts and information updates.

Updated 6 December 2023

  • Doing Well sessions in Ulladulla

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    Shoalhaven residents recovering from disaster are being invited to participate in a free ‘Doing Well’ program being run by NSW Health Disaster Recovery clinicians, Mandy and Bron.

    The five-week program will use the Hummingly ‘Doing Well’ cards to explore ways to keep well and navigate challenging times.

    The program will commence at 10.30am on Thursday, February 22 in The Recovery Hub, downstairs at the Ulladulla Civic Centre. It will continue every Thursday from 10.30am to 12.30pm through to March 21 with morning tea provided.

    Each week facilitators Mandy and Bron will look at a new theme including connection, tips for turbulence, physical health and decision-making. Participants will also learn about (and practice) simple mindfulness techniques.

    Those people wanting to participate are encouraged to contact Many or Bron via email at ISLHD-DisasterRecovery@health.nsw.gov.au

    For more information phone 0474 915 008.

  • Just Connect Webinar

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    Local organisations who play a role supporting communities in a natural disaster or crisis are being invited to attend a webinar addressing disaster-related legal issues.

    The webinar is being hosted by Justice Connect and will be held via Zoom between 11am and 12 noon on Tuesday, 20 February 2024.

    Justice Support provides support to communities responding to legal needs after disasters including floods, bushfires and cyclones.

    The webinar will cover a range of topics including:

    • The commonplace nature of disaster-related legal needs
    • Typical legal issues following a disaster
    • Where to find help.

    Participants will also be provided with access to resources that may help their communities prepare for and respond to legal issues arising out of natural disasters.

    Those people wanting to register for the webinar can do so at Justice Connect Events (microsoftcrmportals.com).

    Thousands of Shoalhaven residents have been impacted by floods and bushfires in recent years and for many the recovery process is ongoing.

    More information about the services provided by Justice Connect is available online at www.justiceconnect.org.au or by emailing the organisation’s Manager – Innovation, Access Program, Emma Ryan at emma.ryan@justiceconnect.org.au.

  • How Are You Going?

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  • Recovery Newsletter - 27 September 2023

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    The Recovery Newsletter - 27 September 2023 provides information, updates, and contacts for support available.

    Council’s Recovery Outreach Team is here to support our community Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm ph. (02) 4429 5888. We are here to listen. Just talking to someone can make a difference.

    Recovery services can also be accessed through Service NSW from 7am to 7pm every day on 13 77 88 or online at www.service.nsw.gov.au.

    If you have feedback on what you would like to see included in a newsletter, please let us know by emailing bushfire.recovery@shoalhaven.nsw.gov.au.

  • Hubs Happening - Update September 2023

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  • Rural Financial Counseling Service

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  • Tips for Caring for our Elderly During Heat Waves

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    It has certainly been a hot over the past few days. Here are some simple steps we can all take.

    Importantly, we all need to consider how best to support those more vulnerable in our community.

    NSW Health has many handy tips to keep us all more comfortable during the heat, visit NSW Health Beat the Heat

    NSW Health advises

    • People over the age of seventy-five are among those most at risk of heat-related illness during heatwaves. If you’re a carer for an elderly person, here are a few things you can do to prepare them for the heat:

    Check the following:

    1. the person has light, loose-fitting cotton clothing to wear.
    2. they know who to call if they need help.
    3. they have the contact details for their GP, care workers, carers and others who may be able to assist including family, friends, and neighbours.
    4. they have a personal care plan for hot weather that may affect the use of medications or fluid intake.

    Take some simple steps to prepare an elderly person’s home for the heat by:

    1. Checking the fridge, freezer, fan and air-conditioner work properly and that the air-conditioner is set to cool.
    2. Stocking up with food before hot weather arrives to reduce the need to go out.
    3. Having cool packs available to put in the fridge to help cool down.
    4. Having a small emergency kit in case of a power failure…. torch, batteries, a battery-operated radio and a first aid kit.
    5. Check the home or room can be aired properly and safely (for example without the need to leave the front door wide open in an unsafe area).
    6. If possible, add curtains with pale linings in rooms that get a lot of sunlight to help reflect the heat. Avoid dark reflective curtain linings and metal Venetian blinds as they take up heat and can make rooms hotter.
  • Join Our Pilot Project

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  • Flood Recovery Information and Support

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    Over the past months the Shoalhaven has experienced torrential rain, damaging winds and floods resulting in landslips, road damage and for some in our community, isolation. This is still a stressful time. We are all affected by disasters in our own personal way and there is no right or wrong way to feel about all that is happening.

    Not feeling like your usual self … would you like a little more support, need to talk?

    Council’s Outreach Team is here to support… we are here to listen, help, provide referrals and practical advice. Just having someone to talk with can make a difference.

    Speak with Jennifer Healey or Janis Gordon on (02) 4429 5888 (business hours)

    You may have noticed some changes, do you...

    • Have difficulty concentrating or remembering
    • Do not feel as organised or ‘on the ball’
    • Have trouble starting things or following through
    • Do not feel like being around others
    • Do not enjoy things you used to enjoy
    • Spend more time in bed or feel exhausted
    • React with strong emotions which you normally do not feel or can usually control

    You are not alone, these reactions are a normal response to these intense events. While these changes can be unsettling, they are usually temporary, and you do not have to face them on your own.

    The NSW Health Disaster Recovery Clinicians are available and offer free confidential assistance on (02) 4424 7888 (business hours)

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  • 13Yarn - National Crisis Support Line

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    13YARN [Thirteen YARN] is the first National crisis support line for mob who are feeling overwhelmed or having difficulty coping. We offer a confidential one-on-one yarning opportunity with a Lifeline-trained Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Crisis Supporter who can provide crisis support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

    13YARN empowers our community with the opportunity to yarn without judgment and provides a culturally safe space to speak about their needs, worries or concerns.

    If you, or someone you know, are feeling worried or no good, we encourage you to connect with 13YARN on 13 92 76 (24 hours/7 days) and talk with an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Crisis Supporter.

    For more information, please visit the https://www.13yarn.org.au/ website.

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