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Red Cross: Summer disaster relief

Lifestyle — Posted 11/01/16

Bushfires, floods and storms can cause a lot of physical and psychological damage. Here's how Red Cross helps communities recover and rebuild.

It’s the darker side of summer – bushfires, floods and other natural disasters that threaten to wreak havoc on our landscape and our family life. Already this summer, multiple disasters have caused widespread disruption to communities across the country. 

Bushfires have caused serious damage to areas around Pinery, SA and Esperence, WA, while more recently, fires have raged through Waroona, WA and along VIC’s Great Ocean Road. 

Away from the heat, serious flooding has caused widespread disruption and evacuations in NSW and Daly River, NT, while a tornado unexpectedly pummelled Kurnell in Sydney’s south.

Across these diverse emergencies and in all major locations, Red Cross staff and volunteers are on the ground and working hard to help people most in need. They have been supporting evacuated communities in relief and recovery centres, providing valuable psychological first aid to those coming to terms with the disasters, and have been reconnecting friends and family separated by disasters through the Register.Find.Reunite. service.

 

"Red Cross has been supporting evacuated communities in relief and recovery centres, providing psychological first aid and reconnecting friends and family." 

 

But for many, the disaster doesn’t end when the fires die down and the floodwater disappears. Disasters can be extremely distressing and recovering from one is often a long, tough journey. In Victoria for example, Red Cross is still there to continue supporting those affected – accompanying people as they revisit their properties, checking on their welfare and working closely with our local, regional and state partners to assist with relief and recovery planning.  

How Red Cross can help your family

Getting prepared

With summer predicted to bring more extreme heat and the potential for more disasters, make sure you and your family are prepared and make an emergency plan. Download your free Red Cross disaster preparedness guide to put together a plan in four simple steps.

Emergency resources

For anyone affected by fires, floods or storms, Red Cross has a range of resources to help you and your family recover and rebuild. This includes fact sheets, booklets, podcasts and other information on:

• How to help after an emergency 

• Dealing with wind and water damage  

• How to talk to children about emergencies

• Returning home after an evacuation

• Psychological First Aid

• And more.

Download these resources and find more information from Red Cross 

Medibank is proud to be an Australia Red Cross Preparedness Partner.

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