We’re offering psychological first aid and helping reconnect families in Bega and South-West Victoria.
Hot, dry and windy conditions led to a number of bushfires in Victoria’s south-west and New South Wales over the weekend of 17 March.
In Victoria, up to 40 towns were affected causing widespread property damage, loss of livestock and destroying farming assets.
In New South Wales, a bushfire in Reedy Swamp, Bega led to the township of Tathra being evacuated. More than 550 people were forced to take refuge in an evacuation centre set up in Bega Showgrounds and dozens of buildings and properties have been damaged or destroyed.
Red Cross launched the Register.Find.Reunite service for people affected by the fires and we continue to urge people to maintain contact with their friends and family; and to use the service to either register their location or to enquire about someone.
Trained Red Cross teams are also providing psychological first aid for those have been affected by the fires and are working closely with local emergency services in all areas.
What you can do:
We are urging all Australians to take simple steps to prepare for emergencies. The Get Prepared app, can help you design your own emergency plan and keep it close at hand.
Your tax-deductible donation to Red Cross Disaster Relief and Recovery can help us be ready to respond to any emergency in Australia or further afield. Please donate now or by calling 1800-RED-CROSS (733 276).
Community relief fund
Emergency Management Victoria (EMV) and Bendigo Bank have partnered to create a Community Relief Fund, in support of communities throughout South West Victoria who have been affected by the fires.
Donations to the Community Relief Fund can be made at any Bendigo Bank branch, or online.