Australian Red Cross helps people cope with the stress of an emergency.This means supporting them in the immediate aftermath as well as the long road to recovery.After an emergency, our teams go door to door, sometimes travelling huge distances to talk to people in their homes. We often work in recovery centres, so people have a safe place to get information, talk to someone who understands, and find out what government and community services are available to them.
The immediate needs of the Disaster Relief and Recovery fund are for bushfires across many states of Australia. The bushfire events currently being experienced across the country are multiple, volatile and fast-moving. Parts of Australia are experience unprecedented bushfire activity. Australian Red Cross has responded to bushfire events and is part of an overall agency response to help people prepare and provide a safe place to take shelter
Australian Red Cross has decades of experience in caring for people affected by earthquakes, cyclones, floods, storms, fire, drought and other emergencies. The vast majority of our team are volunteers. The Disaster Relief and Recovery fund covers their costs, including training, equipment and transport as well as the coordination effort to ensure our teams are where the community needs them to be
Dealing with an emergency can be stressful and exhausting. Recovering from a disaster is a complex process that may take months, even years to overcome. Red Cross is committed to supporting people on their disaster journey. We talk with people in emergency-affected communities to identify gaps in support and our volunteers work with communities in the days, months and sometimes years after an emergency.