Tasmanian Bushfires 2013
Crisis and Emergency Help
For comprehensive information on Tasmania’s bushfires and recovery visit http://www.dpac.tas.gov.au/news_and_features/bushfire_recovery
Immediate help and information is available for people affected by emergencies. This includes information on crisis accommodation and help with medical needs.
Housing Tasmania is providing emergency accommodation for people affected by bushfires. For more information phone 6233 8829
People who need emergency medical assistance should phone Triple Zero by calling 000.
Medications are available from the local chemist, or from local community health centres.
A phone service is also available through Health Direct on 1800 022 222
In times of emergency, help is available for children.
All affected foster carers are contacted to ensure carers have the help they need. If you are a foster carer and need assistance, phone 6230 7650.
To report child neglect or abuse, phone the Child Protection Emergency Service on 1300 737 639
Family Violence and Counselling and Support Service is available on 1800 608 122
Kids Helpline is contactable on 1800 55 1800
Counselling and Support
Counselling and support is available at refuge centres. A number of other services are also available:
Lifeline 13 11 14
The Tasmanian Mental Health Services Helpline can provide advice and help for people experiencing mental health crisis. Call the helpline on 1800 332 388
The Department of Health and Human Services maintains a smoke alert monitoring system at www.dhhs.tas.gov.au/peh/alerts/air
If an air quality notification is active, some people should take precautions to protect their health from smoke inhalation.
Those most at risk from smoke are infants, people over 65 years, and those with lung or heart conditions.
Such people should:
- avoid physical activity outdoors
- stay indoors and close windows and doors
- switch air conditioners to 'recycle' or 'recirculate', if possible
- take their regular medication, including asthma "preventers"
- consider visiting a friend's place, the local library, shopping centre or sports centre.
Last updated: 7 February 2013