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Red Cross launches appeal to support NSW floods

Wednesday 24 March, 2021, 0630 AEST

Australian Red Cross has launched an appeal for funds to assist people affected by the NSW floods.

Red Cross volunteers and staff have been providing psychological first aid and support to thousands of people since the start of the disaster. They are currently working in 13 evacuation centres in flood affected areas in NSW.

Dependent on ongoing needs assessment, and amount raised, support could include disaster relief (including practical and financial assistance) and supporting people and communities to recover and build resilience to disasters.

“We’re committed to helping those affected by this disaster, whether that be through recovery programs, psychological first aid or by reuniting them with loved ones through Register.Find.Reunite,” Red Cross NSW Director Poppy Brown said.

“These floods have already affected thousands of people – it’s likely that will increase in the coming days. We don't yet know the full extent of the impact of this disaster, but we do know that people’s needs are great.

“We’ve seen how much the generosity of Australians can help those affected by bushfires in their recovery. We’re now asking for people to help us support those affected by this extraordinary disaster.”

Red Cross volunteers will remain in evacuation centres across the state as needed.
“We advise people to take advantage of the support that’s available, including at evacuation centres, recovery hubs and during outreach activities over the coming weeks,” Ms Brown said.

Donations can be made by visiting redcross.org.au/NSWfloods

Red Cross also has information at redcross.org.au/emergency-resources about cleaning up after a flood and talking to children after emergencies.

For media queries or interview requests, contact media@redcross.org.au or 1800 733 443.