Like many parts of Australia, Victoria is currently dealing with devastating bushfires across the state, including recent fires in East Gippsland and North East Victoria. Additionally, many Victorians are dealing with the impacts of the bushfires including poor air quality, interruption of services, and anxiety.
How to stay safe
The government has warned that Victoria is still under threat from fires. It's important to be aware of emergency announcements and warnings through reputable sources such as:
- VicEmergency - which allows you to sign up to receive notifications of warnings that impact your local area
- The ABC - tune into your local radio station or keep an eye on their website
How to help
Australians are showing extraordinary kindness, generosity and courage, donating money, time and resources to supporting the people, places and animals impacted by the bushfires.
If you can, there are lots of ways to contribute, including financially through the Victorian Government's Victorian Bushfire Appeal. ABC has published a handy Guide to Bushfire Relief including suggestions for donating time and goods.
Craft for a Cause
YPRL ran a number of events inviting our community to Craft for a Cause. Together we made several hundred pouches and mumma rolls for wildlife injured in the fires. Read more about Craft for a Cause at Thomastown Library.
Reading in difficult times
As a community hub of dedicated booklovers, we know that reading can sometimes be a comfort when things feel very difficult.
First introduced as a form of therapy for returned soldiers, ‘bibliotherapy’ recognises that books can be a source of solace. Find out more about how reading can help in difficult times.
These reading recommendations may help you during this challenging time:
- Through the Smoke: talking to children about bushfires
- Change the world with kindess: talking to children about how to help
- Books about dealing with disaster for children
- Understanding climate change
- Beginner's guide to climate fiction
Need someone to talk to?
For crisis support, please call Lifeline on 13 11 14.
Lifeline is a 24-hour telephone service that offers confidential support and advice to help you deal with stress and personal challenges.