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Red Cross helping flood affected communities

Red Cross staff and volunteers are helping people in flood affected communities across south-western Queensland.

Sunday February 5, 2012

Photo: Rob Maccoll/The Courier Mail

Teams of Red Cross Emergency Services staff and volunteers are now in place in Mitchell, Roma, Charleville and St George in south-western Queensland as the region faces its worst floods on record.

Red Cross Executive Director Queensland, Kevin Keeffe, said more than 50 Red Cross volunteers are currently involved in flood relief efforts, including managing two Evacuation Centres in Mitchell, two in Roma, one in St George and Red Cross has been operating the Charleville Evacuation Centre for more than a week.

"Volunteers are working to ensure local residents have somewhere safe and comfortable to stay while they wait for flood waters to recede. In total, Red Cross has assisted more than one thousand people in the Queensland Evacuation Centres, including around 500 people currently in Charleville," said Mr Keeffe.

"It is a distressing time for a lot of people who do not know the extent of damage to their homes, especially as some people are experiencing their third or fourth flood in recent years. Our staff and volunteers will be providing support and registration services to ensure evacuated residents have access to the services and information they need, as well as longer term recovery support.

"We have hundreds more volunteers ready to support Queenslanders affected by the floods in what will be a long relief and recovery effort," said Mr Keeffe.

"We will be sending more people to St George soon as the town braces for the flood peak. Also our recovery teams will be moving in to Roma to assist people as they return to their homes in the coming days."

Red Cross is also distributing a range of useful resources and guides the provide information on dealing with emergencies situations, cleaning up after a natural disaster and helping children and young people cope with a crisis. These materials are also available here.

Registration

People in towns and areas affected by the floods are being urged to let their family and friends know they are safe by registering their name and whereabouts with Red Cross at the Evacuation Centres or online. To register your name and location details, click here and follow the prompts. To look for a loved one, click here and follow the prompts.

To support Red Cross emergency services work in helping people and communities prepare, respond and recover from natural disasters, please donate to Disaster Relief and Recovery.

For media inquiries contact James Molan on 0448 571 484.

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