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The Road from Disaster Impact to Recovery. Headwinds and. Boulders. The afternoon of October 17 in the Lower Blue Mountains. Residential dwellings destroyed (193) Residential dwellings damaged (110) Damage to grounds and outbuildings (200). In the Upper Blue Mountains.

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Headwinds

and

Boulders


The afternoon of october 17 in the lower blue mountains
The afternoon of October 17 in the Lower Blue Mountains

  • Residential dwellings destroyed (193)

  • Residential dwellings damaged (110)

  • Damage to grounds and outbuildings (200)


In the upper blue mountains
In the Upper Blue Mountains

  • Residential dwellings destroyed (10)

  • Residential dwellings damaged (2)

  • Damage to grounds and outbuildings (30)


It takes a lot longer to dry out than get wet
It takes a lot longer to dry out than get wet

  • Major impact duration in the Lower Blue Mountains between 7 and 8 hours

  • Estimated duration of major recovery activities 105 days

  • Estimated time before substantial rebuilding takes place 6 to 12 months

  • Estimated time to clear all home sites from date of impact 3.5 months


The psychological effect
The psychological effect

  • The “We survived” syndrome

  • Recognition of the gravity of loss

  • The “Where to Now” syndrome

  • The “Guilt” syndrome

  • The “Why was this allowed to happen” syndrome


Scale and magnitude of the recovery operation
Scale and Magnitude of the Recovery Operation

  • Up to 1000 people displaced

  • Loss of all personal possessions

  • 160 + asbestos contaminated sites

  • Loss of personal transport

  • Social disruption

  • Loss of personal communication devices (ipads, mobile phones and internet devices)

  • Immediate decrease of 50% of tourists visiting the region


Government and ngo s to the rescue
Government and NGO’s to the rescue

  • State and Federal welfare relief

  • ATO

  • Centrelink

  • Fair Trading

  • Legal Aid

  • Housing

  • Counselling

  • MPES

  • Salvation Army

  • Lions

  • Rotary

  • Water and Utilities

  • RSPCA

  • Police

  • ADF

  • SES

  • RFS

  • DPW

  • EPA

  • WorkCover

  • Roads and Maritime

  • Births, Death and Marriages

  • Red Cross

  • Local Government

  • LPI

  • Tzu Chi Foundation

JUST TO NAME A FEW


The most critical element communications
The most critical element Communications

  • Web page

  • Social media

  • Email

  • Snail mail

  • Public Forums

  • Hardcopy updates

  • Telephone


The generosity of spirit
The generosity of Spirit

  • Donated goods and services

  • What do with 300 sleeping bags when nobody wants to go camping?

  • 6 pallets of tomato soup and 6 giant cans of prunes

  • 500 pillows

  • 1200 cosmetic items

  • Half a tonne of underwear not to mention 500 toothbrushes

  • A lot of shoe polish

  • A few bridesmaids dresses


Three tiers of government
Three tiers of Government

The Feds …money, ADF support

The Local …planning issues, development applications, security, traffic control, waste management, recovery staffing and resources, support to residents

The State …money, recovery structure, boots on the ground, policy, facilitation, inter-agency interoperability, recovery staffing and resources, the hard decisions


Recovery Coordinator

BYE!

Aaaaarrrrgh!!!


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