Australia is burning.
The worst is yet to come:
24 people dead
500 million animals dead
8,000 koalas dead
Over 5.5 million hectares burned (the size of Belgium)
Fire perimeter more than 10,000 miles long
More than 1400 homes destroyed
Thousands of other buildings & structures destroyed
An as yet uncalculated number damaged
10 million people or more breathing in toxic levels of bushfire smoke
Australia’s largest ever evacuation under way
Third State of Emergency declared for New South Wales this fire season
State of Disaster declared for the state of Victoria.
Thousands of people trapped in towns that need to be evacuated
Thousands of people on beaches sheltering from intense heat, ash and burning embers.
Help community recover.
Parts of Australia are experiencing unprecedented bushfire activity.
Since July 2019, Red Cross teams have responded to 30 emergencies (some of which have been going for up to 6 weeks) and supported over 18,600 people, through the efforts of more than 1,590 volunteers and staff.
Right now we’re supporting thousands of people in evacuation centres and recovery hubs across Australia.
Our Register.Find.Reunite service, which reunifies people who have been separated in the bushfire emergency, has registered over 30,000 people and taken more than 5,000 enquires.
It’s thanks to people like you.
Your donation helps Red Cross give people the support they need in disasters, whenever and wherever they happen. We have decades of experience in caring for people affected by earthquakes, cyclones, floods, storms, fire, drought and other emergencies.
- recovery programs and emergency assistance in communities affected by disasters like bushfires, heat, floods cyclones and other emergencies
- helping people and communities prepare for disasters and protect what matters most
- training, equipment, logistics and coordination of our volunteers
Supporting people at evacuation centres and recovery hubs
Psychological first aid to reduce trauma
Emergency assistance (including cash grants to people who have lost homes in these bushfires)
Supporting our volunteers and covering their expenses
Longer-term recovery programs in disaster-affected communities
Helping families and communities prepare for disasters
- Essential costs like transport, office space, finance and IT systems