Extreme temperatures, dry conditions and winds have combined to cause or escalate hundreds of bushfires across five Australian states, in an unprecedented fire season. Entire communities have been evacuated and others are becoming isolated by issues with road access and power, making it difficult to get up-to-date information on what’s needed.
Our colleagues in the Australian Red Cross are providing emergency assistance, psychosocial first aid and practical support, as well as greeting people evacuated by air and sea, and helping reconnect families. They also carried out recovery assessments and in Victoria distributed food and water. Red Cross teams were on the ground in multiple locations across New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia and Western Australia.
Acting Chief Executive of the Australian Red Cross Noel Clement said, “A large Red Cross operation is underway, with trained emergency services volunteers and staff in relief centres, evacuation centres, recovery hubs and making wellbeing calls. In addition to direct assistance the donations will help our emergency teams to do their work walking alongside people as they try to build a new normal. We are committing to long-term recovery support for affected communities. With the disasters still unfolding what that looks like is still to emerge and we are working in coordination with other agencies as the recovery needs become clearer. ”
You can donate here to the Australian Red Cross Disaster Relief and Recovery Fund.
Donations of €250+ are worth 45% extra to the Irish Red Cross if you pay income tax or capital gains tax – at no extra cost to you.
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