Operations suspended to comply with government recommendations for COVID-19

Disaster Relief Australia | March 2020

Members and friends, Nothing is more important to us than your safety. Following recent announcements by the State and Federal Governments aimed at reducing the spread of COVID-19 and upon feedback from disaster affected communities, we here at Disaster Relief Australia have temporarily suspended the deployment of volunteers to disaster affected areas. Whilst we understand this news may come as a disappointment, it is the right decision. By minimising travel and social contact in accordance with expert advice targeted at reducing the spread of Coronavirus COVID-19, we will avoid introducing Coronavirus the virus into disaster-affected communities that are already vulnerable. It is vital that you, our amazing volunteers, know that this suspension is only temporary and that our resolve to help our mates in need has never been stronger. Our job is not done, and we are continuing to help affected communities in other ways. We also recognise that it will take communities years to recover from the bushfires, and the support of volunteers will be needed for a long time to come. We will return. Deployments will recommence as soon as it is safe to do so. Please continue to register your interest. In the meantime, we urge you to follow the expert advice of Government and health authorities. Practice good hygiene and social distancing to slow the spread of the virus. You can learn more from the Government’s national campaign here. We will be in touch to keep you updated throughout the coming weeks and months. Stay safe, Your team at Disaster Relief Australia