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Support for community recovery after Yorketown fire

2019-11-22

A community meeting was held in Yorketown on 21 November to discuss community recovery after the recent fires.

At least 11 homes have been destroyed, 200 sheep, 60 chickens and 5 deer were lost. Around $2 million worth of crops have been destroyed and damage assessment remains ongoing.

A web page has been created specifically to support the Yorketown community recovery.

Moving into the recovery phase

As we move into the recovery phase of this event, it is important that we focus on supporting people and communities to get back on their feet, addressing community health and wellbeing as well as damage to infrastructure, the economy and environment.

For useful information to support community recovery after a fire, including:

  • livestock and land management
  • disposal of burnt items
  • insurance claims
  • document replacement
  • emotional support

you can visit the recovery pages on SA.gov.au.

Recovery hotline and relief centre

If you are directly affected by the Yorketown fire, you can get more information, or be connected to support services, when you phone the Recovery Hotline on 1800 302 787.

An Emergency Relief Centre has been set up at the Yorketown Town Hall.

Donations

Cash is the most helpful donation for disaster-affected communities as it helps those impacted to buy exactly what they need. They can also spend this money within their local community, helping the local economy to recover more quickly.

You can donate cash through the St Vincent de Paul Society.

During emergencies, some people like to donate goods. Donated goods can pose challenges for charities and recovery workers to administer, store, distribute and dispose of and might not meet the needs of people affected by the disaster. This is why cash is the best way the public can help those in Yorketown.

Emotional recovery

People may experience grief or stress after a disaster like a bushfire.

Sometimes the impact is obvious straight away, but often it is a slow process. Some impacts include shock, anger, depression, tension, irritability, anxiety or difficulty making decisions.

Find out more about mental health support after a disaster (SA Health).

The recovery efforts will continue over weeks and months ahead to help those who need support.

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