The After the Deluge
page is a great addition to the ABC news site. It is being written by people involved in the floods. As an exercise in wellbeing, it is inspired. Firstly, the locals are able to get some of their thoughts off their chest in a disciplined environment and know that this will at least be read by their country. Secondly, it allows their country to understand what they are going through and the sorts of things they are having to confront. Hadn’t occurred to me they might not be consulted as part of the rebuilding process. Maybe it’s true and maybe it is how they feel. They need to be consulted because they live there and it is their home. I understand that the rebuilding process has to be orchestrated and managed in a particular way to ensure sound deployment of personnel , materials funds, and supplies and then deal with safety and hygiene. Using online forums to involve these flood affected people is giving them a positive way of dealing with all their issues. One group has built a website Theodore Rebuilds
and that is very organised and a good way of managing what has to be managed. I also befriended a lady from St. George on Twitter who had come on because she was about to get flooded. Online avenues are a great way of getting information out but they are also a fantastic way of offering support to anyone who is feeling like their back is up against the wall. Technology is a wonderful way of keeping in touch and networking. It helps get your needs met and it helps keep you informed and participating.