It’s a scary time in Australia right now with hundreds of people losing their homes, thousands of people being displaced, and tragically at least 20 people have lost their lives. Let’s not forget the estimated half a billion animals that have been killed from the fires.
If you’re in a position to help those who are in need, here are a few ways in which you can help with the unfolding bushfire crisis. Please donate through one of the below links. Every bit counts.
1. Donate to the NSW Rural Fire Service
To donate to the NSW Rural Fire Service click here: https://www.rfs.nsw.gov.au/about-us/fundraising. You can donate to your local brigade or to the NSW Rural Fire Service as a whole.
2. Donate to the Country Fire Association of Victoria
Help the Country Fire Association of Victoria here: https://www.cfa.vic.gov.au/about/supporting-cfa
3. Donate to the South Australian Country Fire Service
Help the South Australia Country Fire Service here: https://www.cfs.sa.gov.au
4. Donate to the Rural Fire Brigades Association in Queensland
Donate to the RFBA online here: https://www.rfbaq.org/donate-to-rfbaq or by calling 1300 663 539, with funds going to “provide the services, tools and resources” the rural firefighters need.
5. Donate to the Red Cross
To help with the relief and recovery efforts here: https://www.redcross.org.au/donation
6. Donate to WIRES
To help the animal and wildlife victims from the fires, donate to WIRES here: https://www.wires.org.au/donate/emergency-fund
7. Donate to the Salvation Army
The Salvation army are assisting with medium and long-term relief, support here: https://www.salvationarmy.org.au/donate/make-a-donation/donate-online/?appeal=disasterappeal
8. Donate to FoodBank
Donate to FoodBank Australia here: https://www.foodbank.org.au/natural-disaster-relief/?state=nsw-act
9. Register You Home for Those in Need
If you have place at your home or property for people, pets and/or livestock evacuating from fire impacted areas register with Find a bed: https://epr1984.wixsite.com/shareabed or by calling 02 7202 6588.
Register with Helping Homes: https://www.helpinghomes.com.au
Register with AirBnB Open Homes: https://www.airbnb.com.au/openhomes/disaster-relief/
10. Leave out Bowls of Water for Wildlife
Guidance from WIRES is to leave our bowls of water for any thirsty animals if you’re close to affected areas. Other tips include: draping something over the edge of your pool as well as putting bricks on pool steps so wildlife can climb out; keeping a cardboard box and towel in your car in case you come across injured wildlife; and if you do come across a burnt animal, wrap it loosely – ideally in 100% cotton fabric. Do not attempt to feed it, but put it in a ventilated box and either wait for a rescuer or transport it to the nearest vet.
11. Check on Your Neighbours & Those Around You
Now is the time to lend a helping hand to those in need. It might be as simple as a quick chat to check that they are okay and showing compassion.
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We’re hoping everyone is safe and ok! Please look after yourself and each other.