There's some great stories out there.
While I’ve been recruiting people who are interested for the ‘This is What Happens After’ research project, I’ve been pointed in the direction of a number of really great websites that contain oral history projects about disasters (and one play that’s on in April – if you’re in Tas, get along to it!)
Some of them are in the below links, but if there’s more that you think I should check out, please let me know. Be warned, this is the sort of stuff that you open up, and then hours later resurface without realising how much time has passed.
Black Saturday Museum
Big Stories Small Towns
’67 Tasmania Bushfires story map
ACT ‘Mr Fluffy’ loose fill asbestos houses
Quake Stories, NZ
Story Corps, USA
Story telling is a really important aspect of disasters. Not only is it an important way of capturing information and details about disaster events, and recording history, I think it’s one of the strongest links that we can have to the ‘human-ness’ of these experiences.
Thanks again to everyone who has sent me their letters, I really appreciate the thought, time and effort that has gone in to them.