Posted: 22 October, 2013
by News Team
NSW Bushfires Help Guide
Latest Bushfire News
Firefighters will get some relief today but there are still 13 uncontained fires in New South Wales
For latest bush fire information: http://www.rfs.nsw.gov.au/
Public Information and Inquiry Centre opened to assist members of the public re:bush fire information. Number is 1800 227 228. #bushfires
Emergency Contacts At A Glance
DONATIONS NEEDED/COLLECTION CENTRES
Storage King Penrith is taking donations of goods at 42-46 Camden Street Penrith (more locations are listed below if you can't get to Penrith).
Collections are being taken from 7:30am till 5:30pm.
They are a base for collection to be taken directly to RFS Stations in the heart of fires and need these items, as well as volunteers to help sort donations.
Electrolyte drinks (not energy drinks)
Noodles in a cup
As well as this Valley Heights RFS need a Honda 20I generator for their crews truck.
Other Storage King locations that are accepting drop-offs of water, Powerade, Gatorade and cloth nappies are:
Balmain (100 Beattie St, Balmain)
Blacktown (29 Penny Pl, Blacktown)
Camperdown (79 Pyrmont Bridge Road, Annandale)
Chatswood (37-49 Alleyne St, Chatswood)
Greenacre (24a Anzac St, Greenacre)
Homebush (21c Richmond Road, Homebush)
Kurnell (1 Clerke Pl, Kurnell)
Lane Cove (27 Mars Road, Lane Cove)
North Parramatta (1 North Rocks Road, North Parramatta)
Penrith (42-46 Camden Street, Penrith)
FORMAL DRESS EXCHANGE
A social media campaign has been launched to provide formal dresses, make-up and photography for graduating high school students who have lost everything in the NSW bushfires.
The Firey Formal Dress Exchange has attracted more than 1300 followers and allows anyone with a formal dress collecting dust to donate it to someone in need.
Visitors to the page are encouraged to help their "sisters who have lost their formal dress in the fire" and "post a picture of your dress and its size etc. so they can take their pick".
Many of the dresses are less than a year old, most have only been worn once.
For more information, head to the Facebook page here.
You can now donate to the NSW Bushfire Appeal at your local Coles, Woolworths or IGA Supermarket in the ACT or NSW.
Red Cross is asking for donations to help those people affected by the latest Sydney bushfires. You can find out more information and donate here.
To make a donation to the St Vincent de Paul Society NSW Bushfire Appeal, please visit Vinnies.org.au, (http://www.vinnies.org.au/nsw-bushfire-appeal-nsw), call 13 18 12 or send your donation to PO Box 5, Petersham NSW 2049.
The Salvation Army are also seeking donations and are assisting those people at designated safety zones. You can also call the Salvation Army on 13 72 58, or go to their website to donate.
HELP FOR ANIMALS
Petbarn is running an appeal in conjunction with the RSPCA to assist rescue and recovery efforts aimed at wildlife, pets and livestock. You can donate to this appeal at all Petbarn stores. The RSPCA is also appealing for online donations to help RSPCA inspectors help animals affected by the bushfires.
The Animal Welfare League NSW is also offering emergency shelters for injured and displaced animals in bushfire-affected areas. More information on how you can help can be found here.
Residents and volunteers have been issued a plea to stay out of fire-damaged areas until they have been deemed safe by authorities. If you are in the Lower Blue Mountains, Liverpool and Penrith area and need assistance with your pets please call us on 02 8899 3333.
would like to offer assitance to any families who are in Bushfire zones that need shelter for their animals- dogs, cats even livestock if needed. If you know anyone who needs to evacuate their property, please give them our contact number of 1300 309 409 www.guarddogtraining.com.au
There are increasing reports of injured, lost and wandering animals. NARGA have a database of people willing to provide temporary care to all manner of animals during this crisis. There will be many displaced pets during this time - please don't leave them to fend for themselves. You can check out their Facebook page for more information.
**This information is attended as a guide and is not exhaustive. Those affected should consult their Insurer first**
The Insurance Council of Australia (ICA) has sent a team of disaster specialists into Springwood Recovery Centre to help bushfire policyholders with questions about their insurance claims
As of midday Monday October 21, 855 claims had been lodged with insurers, with losses of more than $93 million. The ICA expects more claims will be lodged all this week.
- ICA’s disaster hotline − 1800 734 621 − can help affected residents who are not sure which insurer they are with, or have general inquiries about the claims process
- Recovery centre is operating from the Springwood Sports Centre, 85 Macquarie Rd
ICA General Advice To Policy Holders
- Contact your insurance company as soon as you can, and seek advice about the claim process under your policy, as well as what you’re covered for
- Many insurers have 24-hour call centres
- Don’t be concerned if insurance documents are not readily at hand (Insurance companies keep records electronically and require only the policyholders’ name and address to find a policy)
- Take pictures of damage to the property and possessions as evidence for your claim assessor
- Speak to your insurer before authorising repairs. Emergency repairs should only be undertaken in the first instance to make the property safe
- Remove and discard fire-damaged goods that pose a health risk
- If possible, keep samples of materials and fabrics to show the assessor
- Store damaged or destroyed items somewhere safe
- Make an inventory of damaged possessions. This will help insurers process your claim
Helpful Insurance Links
Insurance Companies (list not exhaustive but guide)
Download the ABA guide to your Bank's hardship teams or read it below.