How to help out in the current bushfire crisis

The bushfire season we are currently experiencing is the worst we’ve seen this century. The resources supporting Queensland are at breaking point with support required for firefighters, charities and animal rescue groups. With most organisations calling for financial assistance, the following information is being provided for those who wish to help out.

 

The Australian Red Cross

Supporting people affected by the bushfires across NSW, Queensland and South Australia, The Australian Red Cross has more than 60 volunteers at 16 evacuation centres providing psychological first aid as well as assisting with communication amongst family and friends.

You can donate to the Red Cross at this link as well as donating over the phone, via a mailed cheque or money order, or in person at Commonwealth Bank branches. Details can be found here.

The Red Cross also has a register allowing affected residents and their families to reunite. The Red Cross is not currently seeking additional volunteers and does not accept donated goods.

 

Wildlife rescue and recovery

Wildlife Queensland will not be running a Christmas Appeal this year, as they feel it is more appropriate that funds go directly to where they are needed most during the current bushfire crisis.

If you wish to donate cash directly to any of the following causes, the funds will go where they are needed instantly.

If you find injured wildlife, wrap in a towel and place in a secure box, then call: Wildcare emergency hotline on ‪07 5527 2444 OR the RSPCA hotline on ‪1300 264 625.

Don’t enter fire-affected areas to search for wildlife – please leave this to trained personnel. Don’t attempt to handle dangerous animals such as koalas, adult kangaroos and wallabies, snakes or bats – always call for help. You can help your local wildlife by placing bowls of water out in various places in your backyards as we experience this incredibly dry and hot weather. They will be very grateful.

 

Government assistance

The federal government offers disaster recovery payments and disaster recovery allowances to those affected by the bushfires. The department of human services has published information, including the criteria for receiving the payments and allowances, here for Queensland residents.

 

The St Vincent de Paul Society

Another disaster appeal has been launched by St Vincent de Paul. Vinnies, is assisting victims in the immediate aftermath as well as longer-term recoveries. They are accepting donations to help fund supplies and support for affected residents.

You can donate to their “always there appeal” here.

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