Bushfires are raging through east Gippsland and north-east Victoria. At the moment it's hard to stand by while we watch parts of the state burn, wondering how we can help those that are affected by the firefront.
There are many ways that you can help during the bushfire crisis, but heading to areas that are affected is not advisable, nor is donating food according to the Red Cross. Given roads are closed and access to communities is limited it is hard to distribute goods.
Donating money is the best way to help those affected, but you need to know it's going to the right place.
Here are some options:
- Bushfire Disaster Fund | Vic Emergency and Bendigo Bank have set up the Bushfire Disaster Fund to help distribute money where it's needed. You can donate via the link, or at any Bendigo Bank branch.
- Red Cross Disaster Relief | Red Cross has teamed up with the ABC to help the thousands of people in evacuation centres throughout Victoria and New South Wales.
- Salvation Army Disaster Appeal | Salvation Army provides catering to emergency workers throughout affected regions.
- CFA | CFA Victoria is pointing people who wish to donate to the Bushfire Disaster Fund as mentioned in point #1. Link here.
- Wildlife Victoria | Wildlife Victoria is working in fire-affected regions to help save wildlife and keep them from harm's way.
- Foodbank | Foodbank is able to get supplies into fire-affected regions. Getting much-needed food and drink to those who need it.
Keep up to date with the latest fire warnings around Victoria via the Vic Emergency website.
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