How to stay abreast of bushfire crisis … and help those affected

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Bushfire at Buchan
Bushfires devastated the East Gippsland town of Buchan last week. PIC: Facebook (Buchan Caves Hotel) / ABC

Tourism Australia has urged grey nomads and all travellers to seek the most up-to-date information about the places they plans to visit, and remain informed about changing conditions whilst on the ground.

The Australian Government’s Bureau of Meteorology provides overall weather updates for all parts of Australia, including the latest fire warnings: http://www.bom.gov.au/.

“For specific advice, updates are available from the Rural Fire Service, National Parks and relevant State or Territory emergency services,” said Phillipa Harrison, Managing Director, Tourism Australia. “Travellers are also encouraged to speak with local tourism operators and staff at local Visitor Information Centres for advice about local conditions.”

For more information

New South Wales: www.rfs.nsw.gov.au
Victoria: www.cfa.vic.gov.au
Tasmania: www.fire.tas.gov.au
Australian Capital Territory: www.esa.act.gov.au
Northern Territory: www.pfes.nt.gov.au
Queensland: www.ruralfire.qld.gov.au
South Australia: www.cfs.org.au
Western Australia: www.emergency.wa.gov.au and www.fesa.wa.gov.au

Donations

For anyone wishing to help those affected by the bushfire disaster, there are a number of organisations accepting donations  including the Salvation Army and the Australian Red Cross.

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