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Stories of natural disasters

A natural disaster can be a powerful agent for change. How do we survive the unprecendented environmental challenges Australian communities are facing now and in the future?

When disaster strikes how does a community show its resilience?

Into the Flames

Simon Roylance

Simon Roylance knew in advance that Saturday 7th of February, 2009 - a day that came to be known as Black Saturday - was going to be a particularly dangerous day.

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How do individuals within communities deal with threats?

Fire Threat

Sarah Davy

In this powerful story, Sarah describes her experience of Black Saturday and its aftermath. She asks, "What do you do when your life finally begins to be bearable again and then you get that dreaded phone call no one wants to hear?"

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How do communities deal with loss after a natural disaster?

The Road Home

Philip Mitchell

Philip tells the dramatic story of Black Saturday. He describes his family's harrowing experience of separation and survival. Philip says his family went "to hell and back".

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How can emotions affect behaviour when a community is under threat?

In a Knot

Eliza Kimlin

On Black Saturday, Eliza and her family were at the river near Warburton. In this story, she describes her emotions and how her body felt during the bushfire

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In what ways do we seek to rely on others in times of stress?

Black Ash

Bonnie Lumsden-Keys

In this powerful story about Black Saturday, Bonnie gives an account of the emotional reactions of her family and community.

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