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Esperance bushfires: Red Cross helping

Red Cross has launched its Register.Find.Reunite. service to help reconnect people affected by the bushfires near Esperance in Western Australia with their loved ones.

Wednesday November 18, 2015

Caption: A bushfire burning out of control near Esperance on Western Australia's south coast. Credit: AAP Image/Carolyn Sainty

Our volunteers are manning a state inquiry centre taking calls from those evacuated, as well as calls from people looking for news of family and friends in the affected area. People affected by the fires are encouraged to register online, or by phoning 1800 015 337, or in person at a relief centre.

Meanwhile, more Red Cross staff and volunteers are on standby ready to help out if needed at evacuation centres set up to support those forced from their homes.

The bushfires caused by lightning strikes and high winds over the weekend, were fuelled by Tuesday's catastrophic conditions in WA. Two bushfire emergency warnings and a total fire ban are currently in place (as at 18 November) for the Shire of Esperance, 720km south east of Perth.

Register.Find.Reunite. is the simplest way to let your family and friends know you're okay, says Red Cross State Manager Emergency Services, Erin Fuery. "Being separated from family and friends is one of the most stressful things a person can experience during an emergency. Not knowing where your loved ones are, not being able to get a hold of them by phone or email adds to that anxiety."

If you are unable to contact a loved one who may have been affected by a large scale disaster in Australia, visit the Red Cross website to enquire through the Register.Find.Reunite. service.