DISASTER recovery coordinator Annette Baker hopes Mooloolaba residents affected by a severe storm will reach out for the help she is ready to provide.
Mrs Baker, who is St Vincent de Paul Nambour secretary, has specialised in disaster management and helping homeless people during her career.
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She said in her experience, it usually took some time before victims came forward for assistance.
"We believe they are really still in a state of shock," Mrs Baker said.
She thought the worst part about Sunday night's storm which seriously damaged four unit blocks in Akeringa Pl was how quickly it happened.
"It was unannounced.
"Within 15 seconds it has come and gone and taken your life with it really."
Mrs Baker said people were focusing on finding homes and hoped they would seek her out if they needed more assistance.
"I assume it (requests for help) will come in the next week."
Some people and organisations have approached her to donate.
She has asked that only financial donations be given at this stage.
"The first step is to have people re-housed, then we can look at what their needs are.
"We are asking if people want to donate financially, they can make a donation at any of our six shops on the Sunshine Coast."
She said to specify the donation for the Mooloolaba disaster.
People can also visit www.givit.org.au and click on South East Storm.
Mrs Baker urged anyone needing assistance after the storm to call a State Government hotline on 1800 173 349 or St Vincent de Paul on 5459 5222.