Dr Shakespeare-Finch said the crucial features for trauma recovery were:
- Communication: “People need to know what is going on and what to do next before during and after the flood.”
- How in control they feel: “Being prepared and able to plan is vital.”
- How supported by friends, family and the broader community they feel.
“The people in Toowoomba and neighbouring areas have had a terrifying time. They had no way of picturing the momentum of the flash flood and no control of the elements,” Dr Shakespeare-Finch said.
“Now they need each other and community support. They need to feel safe and parents need to be able to keep hugging their kids.
“Those of us not affected can make themselves available with fresh water, food, shelter; the things needed for basic survival.”
– Niki Widdowson, QUT media officer, 07 3138 1841 or [email protected]