Australian bushfire crisis response
Salvation Army Emergency Services crews and an army of fresh Salvo volunteers are continuing to cater to thousands of evacuees and firefighters as the bushfire crisis escalates around the country. The Salvation Army has a presence at about 25 evacuation centres across NSW. The Army is also providing grants from public appeal to people who have lost their homes, as well as offering a listening ear, support and hope.
After narrowly escaping a ‘phenomenal firestorm’ that destroyed his home, Alex Harper said the sight of The Salvation Army at the Grafton evacuation centre in Northern NSW was ‘wonderful’.
‘At the evacuation centre the Salvos have fed us, we’ve got some vouchers, some work clothes, and some good moral support,’ Alex said. ‘It’s been good being able to talk to people and not having to worry about cooking and getting meals.’