In Victoria, Red Cross teams are currently supporting people at Mallacoota’s relief centre, the Corryong Recovery Centre and providing psychosocial first aid for residents returning to Mallacoota.
They are visiting about 300 households to provide support and deliver care packages. As well they are working with Agriculture Victoria to make outreach calls to people who have faced significant livestock losses and conducting recovery planning, focussing on the human impacts of the fires.
To date Red Cross teams have worked at 15 relief centres. Among other things, they have provided psychological first aid to more than 15,900 people at relief and recovery centres and through outreach.
We have supported 18 isolated communities in the East Gippsland region and 495 people evacuated from Mallacoota. We facilitated pallets of water and food packs for people who remained in Mallacoota. Red Cross has been the only community organisation present in Mallacoota before, during and after the fires.
More than 1,440 Red Cross personnel have been involved in our response.
In New South Wales, our teams are currently supporting people at three relief centres and mobile outreach services operating across a number of areas.
We are making weekly outreach visits to communities in Bega and undertaking psychosocial recovery needs assessments in the most-affected communities. As well our teams are working with the NSW State Government to develop an extensive recovery program
Red Cross teams were at five evacuation centres in NSW and two in the ACT that opened in response to new bushfire dangers last weekend.
So far more than 770 Red Cross personnel have been involved in the response.
In South Australia, Red Cross teams are currently supporting people at the Lobethal Recovery Hub in the Adelaide Hills and the King Island Recovery Centre in Parndana on Kangaroo Island.
They are also providing psychosocial first aid training to children’s services staff, volunteers and the public and conducting recovery outreach in person and over the phone for the Adelaide Hills and Kangaroo Island fires.
Since the start of the 2019/20 summer more than 500 Red Cross personnel have been involved in our response.
In Western Australia, our teams are currently checking on the wellbeing of 226 households in the Seatrees and Breakwater estates and continuing to visit people affected by the Yanchep-Two Ricks-Gingin fires in December.
They are also supporting our Victorian team with recovery planning and also to make outreach phone calls to Mallacoota residents and registering people through Register.Find.Reunite. for the Norseman Complex fires.