Red Cross advises the public to beware of misleading fundraising for a Red Cross NSW storms and flooding appeal.
Monday April 27, 2015
Floods in Maitland, NSW. Photo: courtesy of ABC
Red Cross is advising the public to be wary of anyone claiming to raise funds for a Red Cross appeal to support the response to the NSW storms and flooding last week.
Red Cross has not launched an appeal following the storms that caused damage and flooding in Sydney, the Hunter and Illawarra regions last week.
Anyone claiming to raise funds for a Red Cross NSW floods appeal, or a similarly named appeal, is collecting donations under false pretences.
Red Cross members, staff and volunteers continue to provide support to those communities affected by the strong winds, heavy rain and flooding that began on Monday 20 April.
Red Cross volunteers worked at evacuation centres in Raymond Terrace in the Hunter region and Ashtonfield, just out of Newcastle, providing practical advice and psychological first-aid to those caught up in the emergency.
Red Cross volunteers also answered the phones at the Public Information and Inquiry Centre (PIIC) to provide advice and the latest updates about the storm and floods, and helped with non-emergency information about road closures, weather forecasts, and referrals to other agencies.
As the storm died down and floodwaters began to recede, Red Cross headed out into affected communities to perform outreach and recovery work. We remain on standby in case further storms develop.
Disaster Relief and Recovery work goes on
2015 has been a challenging year as communities across Australia have braced themselves in the face of bushfires, cyclones, floods and emergency weather warnings.
If you would like to help Red Cross provide valuable assistance in times of emergency, wherever and whenever disaster strikes, you can make a donation to Red Cross Disaster Relief and Recovery to support our emergency response and recovery work across Australia and overseas.
Your donation allows Red Cross to train staff, aid workers and volunteers to be ready to respond as soon as a disaster strikes in Australia and overseas, and to help communities better prepare for and recover from disasters. It also allows us to maintain stocks of critical disaster response equipment including water filtration, shelter, hygiene and cooking kits for use in emergencies.
You can donate online to Red Cross Disaster Relief and Recovery or call 1800 811 700.