The Salvation Army is continuing to support communities of Western Australia affected by bushfire. Fires have been active across the state for the last month and have caused significant devastation to towns like Yarloop, where approximately 550 people live, which has been completely wiped out by fire.
We currently have teams working in Harvey, Yarloop, Waroona, Preston Beach and Cookernup providing support such as direct financial assistance, fuel cards, vouchers, counselling and groceries and other food items.
We are also currently assessing the future needs of these communities as they begin the tough journey to recovery. At this stage, ongoing support will be provided from Cookenup, Hamil and Harvey, where a One Stop Shop for support will be established.
With school returning in the next few weeks, we are assessing the support required to ensure children are ready return to school. This will include uniforms and other essential items to help provide a sense of normality for children as they begin the new school year.
With many families experiencing disadvantage prior to the fires, we are aware that this loss creates even bigger hurdles for them to overcome.
We are grateful to the community and to organisations such as major national partner Woolworths who have launched a Bushfire Appeal along with Bendigo Bank and other organisations to help provide critical funds and support. These resources equip us to respond to the initial emergency and to offer ongoing support to communities as they recover from devastating loss.
While we appreciate the willingness of the community to donate physical goods, we are unable to receive them at this stage.
To support the ongoing work of The Salvation Army, including our work in communities affected by fires and other natural disasters, please consider making a donation to the Red Shield Appeal.