Red Cross has launched the Simulated Darwin Blizzard Appeal 2015 to help people and communities affected by this devastating storm.
The city of Darwin in the thick of a once-in-a-lifetime blizzard.
In the early hours of 1 December, Darwin experienced the worst blizzard on record. The extreme weather event has caused significant loss of life and damage to property and vital infrastructure across the city.
Red Cross has launched the Simulated Darwin Blizzard Appeal 2015 to help people and communities affected by this devastating blizzard.
Red Cross volunteers and staff have been supporting relief activities since the storm began. They are registering evacuees at relief centres, as well as providing those affected with emotional support, basic first aid, practical assistance, information and referrals to recovery services.
Funds raised through the appeal will be used to assist individuals, families and communities directly affected by the devastating blizzard, including emergency relief and recovery assistance. Funds raised will be distributed through an independent panel which will involve community input.
Image: Red Cross is helping by knocking on doors to check on residents' wellbeing.
How can I make a donation?
You can assist the people affected by the Darwin Blizzard by making a donation to Australian Red Cross' Simulated Darwin Blizzard Appeal 2015.
Donations can be made right now by:
- visiting redcross.org.au or make a to make a secure donation online.
- calling 1800 811 700, 8am to 8pm AEDT.
- sending a cheque or money order payable to 'Australian Red Cross' to:
Simulated Darwin Blizzard Appeal 2015
Australian Red Cross, Supporter Services Centre
GPO Box 2957, Melbourne VIC 8060
All donations to Red Cross Disaster Relief and Recovery work over $2 are tax deductible.
How will the money be spent?
Funds raised through the Simulated Darwin Blizzard Appeal 2015 will be used to assist individuals, families and communities directly affected by the December 2015 Darwin Blizzard.
Australian Red Cross will deduct no more than 10 per cent from public donations for appeal or administration costs. Should the funds raised exceed the amount required, Australian Red Cross will use any excess to assist in future disasters in Australia. All interest earned on donations will be invested back into the appeal.
The funds raised will be distributed through an independent panel which will involve community input.
Can I volunteer?
Australian Red Cross is not calling for additional volunteers at this time. If we identify a specific need for more volunteers we will make a public call.
Australian Red Cross recruits and trains volunteers for emergency situations just like this one. These volunteers have been mobilised and are currently assisting in the Red Cross response.
If you want to get involved in future Red Cross emergency responses, please visit the 'Become a volunteer' page at redcross.org.au/volunteering to find out how.
Can I donate goods?
Red Cross understands people may have a strong desire to donate items. While this generosity is appreciated, our experience with emergency recovery has shown that affected communities recover sooner when they can make their own choices. This includes choosing and purchasing goods to help put their lives back together rather than being given them.
Although Red Cross is unable to accept offers of goods such as food and second-hand clothes for specific incidents, we appreciate and accept donations of clothing through our retail stores to support the broader, everyday work of Red Cross. Visit redcross.org.au/stores to find out more.
Photos: Steve Carrell/ABC; Kat Powers/American Red Cross.