At this point in time the most efficient way to help is through monetary donations which can be distributed further down the line. These donations will go towards rescuing wildlife and supporting volunteer firefighters and civilians who have lost everything.
Catastrophic conditions on Australia's east coast mean thousands of people are still being evacuated. Until such time as the fires are brought under control or stopped completely material donations and offers such as food, clothing and housing are more difficult to allocate.
Feeling helpless at a time like this is not unusual. However, by collectively donating, UK FM whose Australian counterparts will be an integral part of the response to the devastating effects of the fires, can show the power the industry can have in supporting this country and its people to get back on track as soon as possible.
The Disaster in Figures
- This season, 26 people have been killed in the bushfires so far, including three volunteer firefighters in New South Wales (NSW).
- Six people remain unaccounted for.
- An estimated 480 million animals have been killed since bushfires in NSW started in September 2019 (the estimate is by Professor Chris Dickman, an acknowledged expert on Australian biodiversity at the University of Sydney).
- Over 7 million hectares of land have been destroyed by the fires - an area The New York Times reports to be six times the size of the 2019 Amazon fires.
- Almost 2,000 homes have been destroyed across the country in the fires.
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian confirmed on Sunday that the speed of the bushfires is unprecedented, with the state now entering into "uncharted territory".