Welcome back to New Arrivals, our update on new resources available from the NSW RFS Library. For this edition of New Arrivals the Library and the Community Engagement Team have collaborated to highlight some interesting resources on the recovery of communities affected by natural disasters in Australia.

See all the latest RFS Library resources:

Many of these are available as full-text documents for immediate viewing.
New Books, DVD’s, web links, journal articles…

Special Feature: Communities and Recovery

“My aim has been to guide an audience gently, to lead them past the devastating headlines, beyond the dramatic bushfire and survival footage, into the experience of recovery.”

Celeste Geer, Director of Then the Wind Changed

Film maker and Strathewen resident Celeste Geer was a keynote speaker at the recent Australian Community Engagement and Fire Awareness Conference where she was interviewed by Lew Short, Group Manager Community Resilience. Her documentary “Then the Wind Changed” drew a huge response from the audience, and for all those who missed the Conference the DVD is now available for loan from the Library: Then the Wind Changed (DVD)

A related resource has been written for secondary students covering the film’s key themes of loss, survival and recovery. The guide also contains valuable information and resources regarding the fires.

Learn more about community recovery:

Straightforward, practical and insightful, this report is straight from the experiences of those who participated with communities following the fires.

Following Black Saturday 40,000 pallets of donated goods arrived, enough to cover an area twice the size of the MCG and costing more than $8 million for storage, staff and transport. This report looks at the issues of managing donations following disasters.

Jill Miller, the CEO of Grampians Community Health reflects on her own experiences working on the frontline following the 2006 bushfires in that area.

By examining psychological responses to disasters, research can uncover valuable insights to improve disaster preparedness, response and recovery. Eminent and experienced psychologists have written a series of short papers following the Queensland Floods. 

The definitive guide to community recovery in Australia, this is the second publication in the Australian Emergency Management Handbook series.

This paper is likely to be most useful to service providers, practitioners and policy-makers engaged with regional and rural communities that are vulnerable to, or working to recover from the effects of, natural disasters such as floods, storms or bushfires.

If you would like to borrow any of these items or if you have any queries please contact us in the Library by email: RFS.Library@rfs.nsw.gov.au  or phone: 8741 5455.

The NSW Rural Fire Service Library is a member of ALIES – Australasian Libraries in the Emergency Sector.

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