Red Cross urges people to seek help in North Queensland flood emergency

As the flood emergency continues in north Queensland, Red Cross is encouraging affected communities to access a range of advice and resources from its website to help cope with the threat of rising water levels.

 

With homes in north Queensland swamped by flash flooding, trained Red Cross emergency services teams are on the ground helping those affected at the Bluewater evacuation centre. Red Cross teams are also on the ground in Port Douglas, conducting community outreach and offering psychological first aid.

 

Collin Sivalingum from Red Cross Emergency Services Queensland said, “Crisis events like the floods in north Queensland can be very distressing and it’s normal to feel upset, anxious or overwhelmed. Stress caused by such events can impact all aspects of your life and may continue for a long time. This is a normal response to an abnormal experience.”

 

“Red Cross emergency services teams are in place as needed, and we’re geared up to support those who need help as the flood emergency continues,” says Mr Sivalingum.

 

“With torrential rain forecast for the next few days we’d urge everyone to keep up-to-date, and take steps to get prepared now if you haven’t already, including packing things that will help you stay safe as well as important documents and precious belongings.”

 

“For those who have had to leave their homes, our Red Cross volunteers provide psychological first aid to support people’s wellbeing in times of crisis.

 

From our experience in emergencies we know that people are capable and resilient. We’re often amazed by people’s strength, courage and generosity, even in the toughest of times,” added Mr Sivalingum.

 

Red Cross tips, advice and information about how you can help yourself and others through the emotional distress caused by the flood emergency can be found here: https://www.redcross.org.au/get-help/emergencies/looking-after-yourself

 

31 January 2019.