In the recent floods in QLD & NSW Chaplaincy Australia Chaplains offered care, support to individuals who were facing some of the worst days of their lives. Our Chaplains were part of the Disaster Recovery Chaplaincy Network (DRCN) response which was mobilised soon after the flood waters rose. Working in evacuation centres and in the effected areas the chaplains were a ‘friendly face’ and a ‘steady hand’ for those whose worlds had been turned upsidedown.
Tragically, lives were lost as a car was washed away and local churches and chaplains were able to offer the community the support they so desperately needed to see them through these challenging days.
Disasters do not happen often but when they do it is a vital aspect of chaplaincy response. We are pleased to be working with the DRCN in being prepared for professional response and we would encourage all of our network to consider upskilling to be part of this response. If you would like more information regarding how you can be involved in disaster chaplaincy response speak to your state chaplaincy leader.