David Stuart

Smartphone app to aid Cyclone Marcia recovery

SMARTPHONE-savvy Cyclone Marcia victims now have help available at their fingertips after the Queensland Government launched its Self Recovery app.

Queensland Communities Minister Shannon Fentiman said the app had vital tips for before, during and after disasters.

The Community Recovery Hotline, 1800 173 349, has also been activated to help those impacted.

"If people are in a life-threatening situation, they should call 000 or if they need emergency storm and flood assistance, they should call the SES on 132 500," Ms Fentiman said.

"If people need any other support, the Community Recovery Hotline should be their next port of call as it has plenty of advice on how to manage during and after severe weather situations.

"The app, called Self Recovery, has vital tips for preparing for disasters including how to look after yourself, your family and neighbours.

"For example, if you are in a disaster-affected area, you can register your interest in receiving assistance from the Queensland Government via a mobile-friendly form."

People can download the app on Apple and android devices.

But Ms Fentiman said financial assistance for disaster victims was yet to be activated.

"Our first priority is caring for vulnerable people who are in the path of TC Marcia and our officers are contacting families who are known to the department and our community partners are also contacting their clients to ensure they have the support they need," she said.

"Our community recovery staff are poised to visit the worst-affected areas as soon as it is safe to do so."


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