After an Emergency

After the immediate threat of an emergency, communities begin to move into what is called recovery.  Recovery can last for a few weeks or years depending on the size of the emergency, the damage that has occurred and the ongoing effects of the damage to people, properties and businesses.

Ararat Rural City Council is responsible for working with the community to facilitate the recovery process. Recovery can be a simple process or be a complex combination of multiple processes that link in with each other to achieve the desired result. Recovery activities vary in size, scope and extent depending on community needs, and will be implemented to target the following areas;

Social environment: Which includes the impact an event may have on the health and wellbeing of individuals, families and communities. This environment is primarily concerned with safety, security and shelter, health and psychosocial wellbeing.

Economic environment: Which includes the direct and indirect impacts that an event may have on business, primary producers and the broader economy.

Built environment: Which considers the impacts that an event may have on essential physical infrastructure including essential services, commercial and industrial facilities, public buildings, assets and housing.

Natural environment: Which considers the impact that an event may have on a healthy and functioning environment, which underpins the economy and society. Components of the natural environment include air and water quality, land degradation and contamination, plant and wildlife damage/loss

After an emergency, Council will engage with the community to provide information required to access services in the short, medium and long term. 

For large emergencies, funding may be received from the State Government to allow Council to designate a Recovery Officer to work with the community and ensure that investments are made and services are provided based on what the communities concerns and needs to recover.

For further information about recovery, please see the ‘Travelling the road to recovery’ video series developed by the Department of Health and Human Services, or visit the DHHS website.