6.2 Emergency Relief Definition

Emergency relief is defined as “the provision of essential needs to individuals, families and communities in the immediate aftermath of an emergency”.

Emergency relief includes:

  • Immediate provision of emergency relief at the site of the emergency.
  • Provision of relief services elsewhere, including:
  • Emergency relief centres
  • Places of gathering (such as community centres, parks and ovals, schools and shopping centres).
  • Airports, ports, train/bus stations and other transit sites.
  • To those remaining in homes, workplaces and schools or other areas rather than evacuating or relocating.

The provision of life support and essential needs to people affected by an emergency is the first stage of emergency recovery. In this respect, emergency relief functions are well integrated within early recovery activities.

6.1 Introduction

6.3 Recovery Definition