Emergencies are an inevitable part of life. Emergencies, whether natural (such as bushfires, floods, storms or earthquakes) or non-natural (such as chemical incidents, transport accidents or major criminal acts of violence), can occur in any community without warning.
When emergencies occur, people mobilise quickly to assist those affected. A range of government agencies, as well as municipalities and community groups, are always quick to respond to the hazard, rescue people, treat the injured and control the immediate consequences of the event.
Afterwards, people affected by the emergency may face complex issues that require advice and assistance. Many people will recover from the effects of an emergency with little assistance. Others will turn to friends and family for advice and assistance, and some may need formal services.
Current emergency support
The following links take you to the Victorian Government Emergency Relief & Recovery Victoria website.
- Bushfire assistance 2014: Details of assistance available to people affected by the bushfires in Victoria.
- Recovering from floods: Information for people affected by the 2012 Victorian floods.
- 2009 bushfire recovery: Information for people affected by the 2009 bushfires.