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Red Cross helping QLD communities in early season bushfires

Red Cross continues to help a number of people devastated by the early fire season in Queensland with much of the state on alert with high winds forecast today.

'We know 20 properties are destroyed, hundreds of homes are without power and today, and with unpredictable conditions forecast, residents in affected areas should tune in to the ABC radio for emergency alerts and take steps to be prepared,' says Red Cross Emergency Services Manager Collin Sivalingum.

'Red Cross volunteers are there for the community offering psychological first aid, linking them to information and services they need, helping them locate their loved ones, or just offering one-to-one support as people work out what to do next.’

Red Cross staff and volunteers are working at number relief centres to support people affected by the Queensland fires, including at Tamborine Memorial Hall and Canungra Showgrounds, where many people from the devastated township of Tenterfield area currently taking shelter. 

Red Cross Emergency Services Manager QLD Collin Sivalingum said hundreds of people had called Red Cross’ Register.Find.Reunite service for news of their loved ones caught up in the event, and thousands more had registered their details with the service.

'We're not sure of the final impact,‘ Collin says. ‘But we know that people need our help now, and they will continue to need it for some time yet.'

More information:

If you or a loved one are impacted by the September 2019 Queensland Bushfires Red Cross encourages you to register or enquire through the Register.Find.Reunite. Service.

People can register and if they are unable to locate someone they may also lodge an enquiry through the system on the Red Cross website at redcross.org.au from a computer or any mobile device. If internet is down due to the emergency, people can also register and enquire over the phone on the below numbers;

  • Australian wide 1800 442 182
  • International +61 (7) 3055 6230

For advice, tips and a free emergency planning guide go to redcross.org.au/prepare.

Getting prepared means:

  • Know your risks: Follow @ABC emergency, your local ABC radio and the QLD Fire & Emergency Service for up-to-date information
  • Connect with others: let people know your movements and support you
  • Organise your medications and important documents
  • Pack for your immediate needs

For media inquiries, or more information, contact Angela Lemme on 0437 331 310 or at alemme@redcross.org.au. For media inquiries after hours, please contact our on-call media officer +61 2 8265 3074 (diverts to mobile after hours).