Flood Support & Recovery04-Mar-2022
Flood Support & Recovery
Like most Australians, Visual Connections team has watched with concern the unfolding flood crisis, particularly in the country’s east. Like many of you, we have friends, family and colleagues caught up in these events and remain concerned for the well-being of all involved. We are also conscious that many of our industry businesses will be adversely affected by the floods, and stand ready to do what we can to assist.
At this point, the protection of lives and assets is paramount, and it will be some time in each area before efforts can move past these immediate needs. If you would like to assist with this initial stage, the best advice at present is to donate money rather than goods. There are a number of reputable organisations involved in supporting both those impacted and the emergency services involved, including the following:
- GIVIT Flood Appeal (read more about responsible donation here)
- Red Cross Disaster Response & Recovery
- Salvation Army
- St Vincent de Paul (NSW)
You can access more valuable information and resources via the Australian Government’s Disaster Assist website, which provides information on issues including financial counselling for businesses, insurance matters and replacing documents and identification. The ATO and ASIC also have some information for businesses affected by disasters.
Natural disasters not only create a range of physical and practical problems, they can also adversely affect us psychologically. If you are affected by these events, have friends or family in the flood zones, or are struggling with the trauma wherever you are, we would encourage you to reach out to one of the many agencies who have people on hand to help. These include:
- Lifeline - or phone 13 11 14
- Beyond Blue
- Headspace (free online and telephone service helping young people between 12 - 25 and their families going through a tough time) - or call 1800 650 890
- Kids Helpline (free, private and confidential counselling for young people between 5 - 25 years) - or call 1800 55 1800