HOW CAN PEOPLE HELP?
There's plenty of ways you can help people in flood affected areas. A list of appeals and organizations that are helping those in need and giving people a way to help out are listed below.
PREMIER'S FLOOD RELIEF APPEAL
The Queensland Government is taking monetary donations in a number of different ways.
There's an online secure payment form, or donations can be made in person at any Queensland branch of the Bank of Queensland, Commonwealth Bank, Westpac, ANZ, NAB or Suncorp.
People with a credit card can ring 1800 219 028 or if you'd like make a donation via internet banking or send a donation in the mail you can get all the details here.
RSPCA Headquarters in Brisbane is going under water, if you can foster care any flood affected animals email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (07) 3426 9999.
• Donate to the RSPCA Queensland Flood Appeal
• Offers of goods - please hold onto them for now - there's no ability to take in goods at this stage
• Register lost or found animals with the RSPCA
• To report animal emergencies phone: 07 3426 9999
If you want to assist in the ongoing work that the State Emergency Service does in the state, you can boost the ability of volunteers to carry their job out by donating to it.
ST VINCENT DE PAUL AND THE RED CROSS
St Vincent de Paul has launched an appeal to help people on the ground, as has the Red Cross.
You can also donate via the Salvation Army's website, being sure to select 'Australian Disaster Relief' in the drop down options.
Alongside Red Cross volunteers, Lifeline Community Recovery Officers are providing psychological and emotional support to individuals and families affected by flooding. All funds raised through the Lifeline Appeal will resource the program so that Lifeline can provide fast response and well-trained staff and volunteers in the event of a disaster. Please donate online or call 07 3250 1934.
WESTERN AUSTRALIA FLOODS
The North West of Western Australia is also recovering from major flooding. You can donate to the Flood Relief Fund for North West Western Australia.
Government and aid agencies are encouraging cash donations only. Donations of goods are NOT encouraged especially so that flood-affected communities may support their local traders.
Your local Lifeline centre will continue to receive donations of second-hand goods to help fund counselling programs.
• People in flood declared areas in NSW should contact the NSW Emergency Management Public Information Inquiry Centre on 1800 227 228 if they are seeking advice on their eligibility for assistance.
• People experiencing personal hardship due to flooding in NSW should contact Community Services, Disaster Welfare Services on 1800 018 444.
• SES: 132 500
• Disaster Recovery Hotline: 1800 173 349
• Donate: 1800 219 028 (0600 – 2300 7 days)
• Centrelink: 180 22 66
• Insurance Council of Australia: 1300 728 228