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How can I help bushfire victims from the USA?

7 January 2020

How can I help bushfire victims from the USA?

Thank you to all who have shown concern and interest in relief support to our fellow Australians affected by the devastating fires currently ravaging across the country.

For those outside Australia, you can donate to support Red Cross' Disaster Relief and Recovery work here. Alternatively, the American Australian Association has established the tax deductible (for US citizens) Australian Bushfire Relief Fund, with 100% of the donations being directed to the Red Cross’ Disaster Relief and Recovery Fund. The Association will issue an official receipt for your U.S. tax-deductible donation. The needs of first responders and victims are great and varied and it's the services and charities on the frontline, such as Red Cross, who are best placed to know what is needed and where. Your support will go towards 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; and training, equipment, logistics and coordination of Australian Red Cross volunteers.

Australia’s national broadcaster, the ABC is a good source for up-to-date information on the status of the emergency and relief efforts.

Our sympathies go out to the families and communities who are impacted by the fires and we send our gratitude to the thousands of dedicated and highly trained emergency services personnel working tirelessly to respond to these disasters on the front line.

Current information on the fire situation by State

New South Wales: https://www.emergency.nsw.gov.au/

Victoria: https://www.emv.vic.gov.au/

Queensland: https://www.disaster.qld.gov.au/Pages/default.aspx

Western Australia: https://semc.wa.gov.au/

South Australia: https://www.safecom.sa.gov.au/site/emergency_management.jsp

Tasmania: http://www.dpac.tas.gov.au/divisions/osem

Northern Territory: https://nt.gov.au/emergency

Australian Capital Territory: https://esa.act.gov.au/

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