A team of seven Australian Red Cross emergency services volunteers have arrived at the Miriam Vale Evacuation Centre overnight to support and assist people affected by the Deepwater fires. An additional seven volunteers are expected to be on the ground this morning.
“Our volunteers are helping at the Miriam Vale recovery centre providing practical assistance and emotional support, as well as going door to door in the community to check people are okay,” says Collin Sivallingum, Red Cross Emergency Services Manager QLD.
“People’s wellbeing is top of mind for our trained volunteers, who are skilled in providing psychological first aid, in the aftermath of a disaster.
“This is a tough time for all those people affected by the fires. We know from experience that people will feel a range of different emotions as they come to terms with what they’re experiencing.
“They’ll be feeling everything from shock, to grief and loss, worry about loved ones and pets, and uncertainty about the future.”
People affected by the bushfire in Deepwater are urged to register with Register.Find.Reunite. – a Red Cross service which helps find and reunite loved ones during major emergencies in Australia.
People can register online, by phone or in person at a relief or evacuation centre. Register online at https://register.redcross.org.au or by calling 1800 442 182.
“The simplest way to let your family and friends know you’re ok or to find out that your loved ones are safe is to register with the Register.Find.Reunite. service,” said Mr. Sivallingum.
“By registering you are letting emergency managers know you are evacuated and if you have given permission, family and friends can be advised you are OK ."
Red Cross has lots of free resources to assist people affected by emergencies available at https://www.redcross.org.au/get-help/emergencies/looking-after-yourself
- Coping with a major personal crisis booklet and audio
- After the emergency: a book to help kids cope with emergencies booklet
- How to talk to children about emergencies factsheet and audio
- Looking after yourself and your family after a disaster booklet
- After the Emergency podcast and website for young people recovering from an emergency
For interviews call Ian Woolverton on 0415 076 497