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100 years of Emergency Services



The Black Tuesday Fires of 1967, Cyclone Tracy in 1974, the Ash Wednesday Fires in 1983, the Black Saturday Fires in 2009, Cyclone Yasi in 2011 - Australian Red Cross was there.

This week we mark a century of supporting people across the country to deal with disasters big and small. We've been there for 100 years handing out food, providing emotional support, registering evacuees, linking people with agencies that can help them, making sure families have the support they need.

Read more about the last 100 years of our work in emergency services on our special centennial website.

The need for Red Cross today is greater than ever, and we plan to be here for the next century and beyond, supporting people to prepare for, respond to and recover from emergencies whenever they strike.

Australia is a nation prone to natural, technological and human-caused emergencies, and add to that the fact that we're experiencing an ever increasing number of disasters due to climate change - the reality is that disaster is likely to strike at some time in your life.

In the past decade alone more than 700 people have lost their lives and more than 600,000 have been affected by bushfires, floods, cyclones and other natural disasters.

We've seen over and over again just how a disaster takes a heavy toll on a person's health, wellbeing and livelihood. We also know there things you can do, like really being prepared, that can make it easier and increase your ability to cope.

Being prepared means:

  • Planning what you will do in an emergency
  • Getting to know your neighbours
  • Organising an emergency kit
  • Learning about your local hazards

Check out our free REDiPlan resources, including planning templates, and activity sheets for children.


100 years of Emergency Service

100 Years Emergency Services

Read more about the last 100 years of our work in emergency services on our special centennial website.