The Vinnies NSW Flood Appeal is now up and running. Thank you to everyone involved in getting it up so quickly.

While we are now gratefully enjoying the sunshine again, devastation continues throughout the state. While rainfall is not expected for the rest of the week, rivers in some areas are expected to peak, and flood warnings remain in place across the state.

As the flood waters in some impacted areas slowly subside, our Members will have the opportunity to assess the impact and provide immediate assistance to those in need. The priority will be providing the necessities such as clothing, food, and household necessities. Just as important will be the emotional support they can provide to those so devastated by this weather event. The most difficult time during a flood is returning to your home to discover the devastation. Our Members will be there to provide support and assistance, just as we have for nearly 140 years.

Evacuations orders still being issued

North Richmond in north-west Sydney remains cut off, while flood evacuation orders have been issued for low-lying areas of Southgate and Moree with a dozen evacuation centres remaining open in Bulahdelah, Port Macquarie, Laurieton, Kempsey, Manning Point, Richmond, North Richmond, South Grafton, Moree, Taree, and Macksville.

Australian Defence Force deployed to aid clean up

The NSW Government has requested assistance from the Australian Defence Force to assist with the clean-up, and up to 1000 ADF personnel have been deployed.

Disaster Recovery payments available

The Australian Government has also announced Disaster Recovery Payments for 34 affected Local Government Areas (LGAs). Adults are eligible for $1,000 in relief payments, and $400 for each child under the age of 16. Visit Services Australia for more information. So far more than 2,500 claims for assistance have been lodged through Services Australia.

Safety still a risk – be electric shock aware

We must continue to be vigilant with our safety during this time. One thing we often do not think about during heavy rain and flooding is the increased risk of electric shock. Please click here to see our safety sheet regarding this.

Serious and critical incidents and injuries at work must be reported immediately. Please report these to your manager, complete the WHS Incident Reporting Form, and email it to stateWHS@vinnies.org.au.

Thank you to everyone for your continued hard work and dedication in what has already been a challenging year for many.

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