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Fires, floods and heatwaves

Fires, floods and heatwaves have kept Red Cross busy in three states across Australia.

Wednesday February 15, 2017

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Emergency services volunteers lend a hand (Image: Australian Red Cross/Dilini Perera)
Emergency services volunteers lend a hand (Image: Australian Red Cross/Dilini Perera)

In New South Wales, our volunteers provided psychological first aid at the Mudgee Club and Coonabarabran Evacuation Centres which have now closed. Red Cross volunteers continue to provide support at the community disaster welfare centre located at the Coolah Sports Club.

We'll continue to monitor the fires that are still burning and provide support to local communities where required as authorities continue to conduct assessments in affected areas. We will provide outreach in a number of areas in the next couple of weeks, with the state government.

Meanwhile in South Australia, Red Cross was activated by the SA government to provide Telecross REDi Extreme Heat Responses Service.

We phoned 705 isolated elderly people to check they were OK over three days late last week. Five people required an ambulance call out. In total, 164 volunteers and staff supported the operation, working across Adelaide, Port Pirie, Mt Gambier and Port Augusta.

With flooding in parts of Western Australia, the Red Cross accommodation facility in Kalgoorlie-Boulder has welcomed an additional 80 people who are stranded due to the widespread flooding, and are unable to return to their remote Aboriginal community of Tjuntjuntjara.

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