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Red Cross helping NSW communities in early season bushfires

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

'We know six homes have been destroyed and several buildings damaged in the Tenterfield area and with unpredictable conditions forecast, residents in affected areas should tune into the ABC radio for emergency alerts and take steps to be prepared,' says Red Cross Emergency Services Manager Diana Bernardi.

'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, including at Tenterfield Showground, Dorrigo Showground and the Yamba Bowling Club.

Red Cross Emergency Services Manager Diana Bernardi said many people had called Red Cross’ Register.Find.Reunite service for news of their loved ones caught up in the event, and many had registered their details with the service.

'We're not sure of the final impact,‘ Diana 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 NSW 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

Getting prepared means:

  • Know your risks: Follow @ABC emergency, your local ABC radio and the NSW Rural Fire 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 advice, tips and a free emergency planning guide go to redcross.org.au/prepare. You can also download the ‘Get Prepared’ app to take you through the steps.

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)