Disaster Response and Recovery

When extreme becomes the new norm, we know where to start

Whether it’s a flood, a bushfire, a cyclone or any other emergency, Red Cross is there to help communities prepare for, respond to, and recover from disasters.

Our climate is changing. Disasters are becoming more frequent and intense. That’s why it’s so important we are ready.

Right now, our teams are on the ground supporting thousands of people impacted by flooding in New South Wales, Victoria, and Tasmania. Here’s what they’re doing:

  • In NSW, 49 team members and volunteers have provided psychological first aid (PFA) and support to over 915 people.
  • In Victoria, 480 team members and volunteers have provided PFA and support to over 5,000 people in relief centres and through door-to-door outreach.
  • In Tasmania, 21 team members and volunteers have provided PFA and support to 117 people.

And in the last year, here’s what else your support has made possible:

  • 300,000+ people supported before, during, and after disasters
  • 1,683 team members and volunteers activated across 42 emergencies
  • 10,090 people registered through our Register.Find.Reunite service, which helps people impacted by disasters let their loved ones know they are safe

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$25 can provide a wellbeing check for someone who’s isolated or been through an emergency

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$50 can teach a child to prepare their own emergency kit with special and useful items

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$150 can help us deliver a door-to-door support service, checking on residents in the aftermath of an emergency

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$250 can provide specialised training for a Red Cross team to run an evacuation centre when an emergency strikes

About the Disaster Response and Recovery Fund

Donations to the Disaster Response and Recovery fund power the work of Red Cross emergency teams. This can include:

  • Training and equipping our emergency response teams and volunteers
  • Supporting our work to get communities prepared for disasters
  • Powering our response and recovery work when disasters strike

Our emergency teams are experts in their field. Many of them have lived through emergencies themselves. With your support, we can continue to make sure that no one has to face a disaster alone.

Donations above $2 are tax-deductible in Australia. You will receive a receipt in your name in an email when you donate online.
Australian Red Cross will not deduct more than 10 per cent of money raised to cover essential support costs such as collecting and administrating donations, IT costs and overheads.
In the unlikely event that funds raised exceed the cost of our emergency services work, the excess will be used to support our everyday work with other vulnerable people in Australia.
Thousands of generous people gave in response to the 2019/2020 bushfires. Perhaps you were one of them and already know how grateful we are. Donations to the Disaster Response and Recovery fund before July 2019 have been supporting our response to the Australian Bushfires 2019/20. They are helping people affected by those particular fires: as grants that help them cope with financial hardship, repair their homes and re-establish a safe place to live, and through longer-term recovery programs in each community. See your generosity in action.
All the money raised through the Qld and NSW Floods Appeal and Australia Unites Telethon has been directed to supporting the people and communities impacted by that disaster, as it was intended for. This includes on the ground support in evacuation and recovery centres, cash assistance to over 66,000 households, and our three-year recovery program. See your generosity in action.

Our response to the floods is focused on enabling our volunteers and staff to help with evacuations, relief centres and outreach service, and supporting people and communities to recover and to build resilience to disasters. We are not currently providing direct financial assistance to people affected by the current NSW floods. For information on financial assistance provided by the Australian Government, please visit disasterassist.gov.au.

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