Red Cross is responding to the storm that has battered the Sydney, Hunter and Illawarra regions this week.
Wednesday April 22, 2015
Floods in Maitland, NSW. Photo: courtesy of ABC
Staff and volunteers across NSW have been called into action and are providing support to those affected by the strong winds, heavy rain and flooding that began on Monday 20 April.
Red Cross volunteers have been sent to the evacuation centres in Raymond Terrace in the Hunter region and Ashtonfield, just out of Newcastle. They are providing practical advice and psychological first-aid to those caught up in the emergency. More members of the Red Cross team are on standby in case further evacuation centres are opened.
Red Cross will head out into affected communities as the storm dies down to perform outreach and recovery work. For those needing information about the storm and floods, the Public Information and Inquiry Centre (PIIC) is open and Red Cross volunteers are manning the phones to provide advice and the latest updates. They can help with non-emergency info about road closures, weather forecasts, and referrals to other agencies.
The centre can be reached on 1800 227 228. If you need emergency support this is not the number, instead contact 000 or for flood emergencies call the State Emergency Service on 132 500.
You can also find more info about the weather forecast from the Bureau of Meteorology: www.bom.gov.au/nsw/warnings.