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1 1 © Paul Hendy - Scottish Flood Forum You don’t have to die to lose your life Paul Hendy – Recovery Consultant Scottish Flood Forum Phone –

2 2 © Paul Hendy - Scottish Flood Forum Flooding is a people issue People get hurt Communities damaged People want to be listened to They want you to care They want to understand who you are, what you do, what your abilities/constraints are, how they can work with you Importantly, they want to be involved in the planning for their future

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6 6 Human & Social Impact

7 7 © Paul Hendy - Scottish Flood Forum Flood Trauma - Effects People doing something normal when - something abnormal happens Disables us from normal functions Coping mechanisms fail People say this is the last straw – people come with individual history

8 8 © Paul Hendy - Scottish Flood Forum Flood Effects: Recovery period is often worse than the disaster itself Recovery must be appropriate to the phase of the disaster Responsive help is often more practical than psychological in nature Survivors respond to interest and concern

9 9 © Paul Hendy - Scottish Flood Forum Top Ten Stressful Life Events 1. Spouse’s death 2. Divorce 3. Marriage separation 4. Jail term 5. Death of a close relative 6. Injury or illness 7. Marriage 8. Fired from job 9. Marriage reconciliation 10. Retirement Its all about LOSS

10 10 © Paul Hendy - Scottish Flood Forum Grief / Loss Cycle

11 Human & Social Impact - Key Issues Lack of Information Poor working / home environment Lack of control over the situation Frequent distractions Failure to achieve Goals Conflict in the home / workplace Conflict with core values and beliefs Loneliness Financial worries

12 12 © Paul Hendy - Scottish Flood Forum What They Said: ‘I had to scream at people on the phone to prompt any response’. ‘From the off we have been fed lies, filled with false information, forced to struggle for every minute of service. We have felt helpless, and abandoned’.

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15 15 © Paul Hendy - Scottish Flood Forum Problems Survivors Faced Often had multiple needs Usually had to liaise with different services who didn’t talk to each other Had to do all of the chasing Usually ended up being passed from pillar to post

16 16 © Paul Hendy - Scottish Flood Forum ‘Builders are not builders, are more like a demolition squad who has left the house in a worse state than the flood ever did!’ What They Said:

17 17 © Paul Hendy - Scottish Flood Forum Christmas Party Children wanted nothing for Christmas because ‘the floods would take it all away’

18 18 © Paul Hendy - Scottish Flood Forum Human & Social Impact - Symptoms 65% - 44% Had difficulties following the floods 37% - 44% Sought help from their GP 26% - 20% Received Medication 25% - 66% Said this was insufficient 50% - 60% Had trouble sleeping, 49% - 62% Felt low, 23% - 84% Easily Upset 67% / 60% said they had much higher stress levels than last year - of these 72% / 78% had not sought help.

19 19 © Paul Hendy - Scottish Flood Forum Human & Social Impact – Coping Turning to friends 41% - 42% Family 29% - 32% Alcohol 18% - 16% Smoking15% - 16% Church 11% - 6% Being back home 45% - 76% said this had not reduced their stress levels. The highest response came from the yr. age group 17% - 52% followed by yrs 17% - 30% Saddest response - ‘I wish I was Dead’.

20 20 © Paul Hendy - Scottish Flood Forum Human & Social Impact - Causes Main causes of stress: A B Builders 39% - 54% Loss Adjusters 38% - 72% Personal effects 37% - 40% Accommodation 23% - 44% The biggest effect of stress: The Home 45% - 68% Relationships 29% - 66% Work 25% - 40% Finances22% - 38%

21 21 © Paul Hendy - Scottish Flood Forum Longer term Effects Numbness and loss of deep feelings Depression, guilt and anxiety Retreat from relationships Avoidance of activities that may trigger memories of the event Avoidance of dealing with the grief and anger Avoidance of symptoms by using "self- medication" with alcohol or drugs

22 Helping Children Cope with Stress

23 23 © Paul Hendy - Scottish Flood Forum Defining Defining Community Engagement “Community Engagement is the process of building relationships with community members who will work side-by-side with you as an ongoing partner, in any and every way imaginable, building an army of support for your programme, with the end goal of making the community a better place to live”.

24 24 © Paul Hendy - Scottish Flood Forum Why do we need engagement ? Emergencies over-stretch resources No single agency can resolve all issues Volunteers and local organisations are part of local communities A large-scale emergency requires a large- scale response

25 25 © Paul Hendy - Scottish Flood Forum Why engage with communities? Local people first to help: Stonehaven, Moray, Perth, Dumfries, Hawick Evidence shows top-down, interventions less effective, People at risk may be unknown to their own local agencies Community-led approaches are more likely to be self-sustaining when services leave Communities possess vital local knowledge to create long-lasting solutions to complex disasters Cost-effective

26 26 © Paul Hendy - Scottish Flood Forum Community Flood Resilience Groups Are able to support Vulnerable people Have contact with individuals who may not be know to help organisations Are respected and trusted Have key local knowledge Increase the support structure Remain when task is finished

27 27 © Paul Hendy - Scottish Flood Forum Contact details - Phone – The End Thank you


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