2019-20 Summer Bushfires
Recently there has been a number of significant bushfires occurring across Victoria, New South Wales and South Australia.
To keep up to date on the bushfires and receive notifications about incidents and advice for your area, make sure to download the Vic Emergency app from the App Store or Google Play.
The Vic Emergency Relief & Recovery webpage is also a great source of information, featuring topics such as:
- Where you can donate
- Location of relief and recovery centres
- Wildlife rescue during emergencies
- Smoke and air quality information
- Looking after your personal well-being
- Road closures
- Help for livestock and agriculture
- Where to report a bushfire-related scam
Victorian Bushfire Appeal
The State Government has established the Victorian Bushfire Appeal with Bendigo Bank and the Salvation Army.
The appeal is dedicated to providing practical support as Victorians impacted by the bushfires begin to rebuild their lives.
100% of donated funds will go directly to communities in need.
Where to get help
It is normal for a distressing or frightening event to affect you physically, mentally and emotionally.
Long-running fires in your local area can be extremely stressful and can trigger emotional, physical and psychological reactions.
The State Government is supporting a number of on-the-ground services available to assist families to recover from the strong emotional or physical reactions they may be experiencing.
If at any time you are worried about your mental health or the mental health of a loved one, call Lifeline on 13 11 14.
On Monday, 13 February, Lifeline launched 13 HELP (13 43 57), a dedicated 24/7 helpline to support people affected by the bushfires.
Crisis supporters on the other end of the 13 HELP line will provide support specific to the effects of the bushfire and refer people to services available in their local community.
More information is available on Lifeline's website.
You can also contact:
- your doctor or local community health centre
- a counsellor or psychologist
- Parentline, Phone: 13 22 89
- Kids Helpline, Phone: 1800 55 1800
- NURSE-ON-CALL Phone: 1300 60 60 24 for expert health information and advice (24 hours, 7 days)
- Australian Psychological Society Referral Service, Phone: 1800 333 497
Call 000 if you or someone you know is in immediate danger.