ShelerBox stands ready to respond to the devastating bush fires that have swept through south eastern Tasmania. The small communities of Dunalley and Boomer Bay have been almost completely destroyed and 126 properties burnt to the ground.
NSW-based ShleterBox Response Team (SRT) members Greg Moran and Scott Jarman are on standby to fly to Tasmania if required, with pre-positioned stock from Melbourne.
ShelterBox Australia Communications Officer, Mike Greenslade said, “We have been in touch with the State Emergency Service in Tasmania and made them aware of the resources we have on offer. Greg is coordinating efforts and has also contacted emergency management in New South Wales, where serious fires are sweeping the countryside and threatening homes. Thankfully, no deaths have been reported but our hearts go out to those who have lost property and livelihoods ”
In February 2009 Victoria was devestated by the countries worst ever bush fires. Estimates suggest that around 900 homes were destroyed, leaving around 7,000 survivors registered for assistance with the Red Cross. 79 ShelterBoxes were successfully delivered to the fire-ravaged Whittlesea area.