When Disaster Strikes

When Disaster Strikes is a program that aims to be proactive in its support of children, families and communities with a Chaplaincy Service at the time of a disaster or crisis, and in the period following. Disasters and crises can include bushfires, flood, tsunami, drought, earthquakes and cyclones, death, suicide, medical illness or epidemic, major accidents, industry closure and terrorism.

They are usually unexpected and can be overwhelming. Most people who experience a disaster or crisis may not show outwardly visible signs of injury; however, inwardly there is an emotional toll.


Tracey was often at school in the mornings ready to talk to any kids who were upset or anxious - which was a massive help to my children as they dealt with their emotions and feelings and also feeling safe. The Stormbird sessions Tracey ran at the school enabled my children to talk about the feelings they had during and after the fires.

Jessica Jenke, Tarlee Primary School Parent
Not long after we arrived in Australia from Ireland, our son Alex was diagnosed with a cancerous brain tumour and we had only 4 days to prepare ourselves for his operation. We had no family in Australia. During those 4 days we were visited by Maureen at our home. It takes a very special person to do what Maureen did then and continues to do today. Everything she did for us went far and beyond her School Chaplaincy role. She was and still is invaluable to us as a family. All our children know that if they need her she is there for them.

Brenda Byrne, Victor Harbor Primary School Parent

When Disaster Strikes would not be possible without the support of our generous partners

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