This week in Victoria, our teams are on the ground supporting people at seven relief centres.
They are also coordinating food and water at all the centres plus food hampers, water, hygiene kits and pet supplies to be delivered to Mallacoota. As well they have been distributing satellite phones to 18 communities in East Gippsland who are isolated due to power issues.
Our volunteers have provided psychosocial first aid to more than 2,500 people at relief centres and have registered more than 26,000 people through our service to connect those caught up in the bushfires. Red Cross personnel helped at a mobile recovery hub in Bruthen this week and at weekend will head to Cobungra Fire Station.
This weekend they will be at the Sale RAAF air force base to support residents returning to Mallacoota. Telephone outreach is also about to start to Mallacoota residents.
A significant portion of the areas affected by bushfire are home to First Nations communities, including Gunnai/Kurnai, Bidwall and Yorta Yorta. We are coordinating with these communities and working to ensure they are supported. First Nations local leaders will also be key participants in our community-led recovery programming.
In New South Wales, Red Cross teams are currently supporting people at one evacuation centre, four disaster welfare points and two recovery centres.
They are also making regular visits to people in Bega. In Wagga Wagga, they are supporting people who are facing language barriers and undertaking needs assessments in the most-affected communities. As well they have registered more than 18,850 people through Register.Find.Reunite.
To date just over 600 Red Cross personnel have been involved in our bushfire response in NSW.
In South Australia, our teams are currently supporting people at the Lobethal Recovery Hub and at the Kingscote Relief Centre in Kangaroo Island. They are providing psychological first aid at community meetings, relief and recovery centres and are conducting recovery outreach in person and over the phone. In South Australia, we have registered more than 7.000 people through Register.Find.Reunite.
In Western Australia, Red Cross teams are now supporting relief efforts for people stranded in Esperance and Kalgoorlie. They are providing stranded travellers in Kalgoorlie with showers, water and other support.
As well our teams are checking on the wellbeing of people in 226 households on the Seatrees and Breakwater estates and are visiting people affected by the Yanchep-Two Ricks-Gingin fires in December. Register.Find.Reunite, our service connecting families during times of disaster, is currently open for the Norseman Complex bushfires and 150 people have registered so far.
Emergency grants are currently open across Australia for people whose primary place of residence has been destroyed or made uninhabitable by the fires since July 2019.