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People who have been affected by the fires are encouraged to register with Red Cross online, by telephone or in person at a relief centre.

Online at www.redcross.org.au

By phone 1800 727 077

Please do not call your local police station

“The simplest way to let your family and friends know you’re OK or to find out that your loved ones are safe is to register with the Register.Find.Reunite. service,” Red Cross State Manager Emergency Services, Angela Sutherland. “The service helps find and reunite family, friends and loved ones during a disaster.”

“Being separated from family and friends is one of the most stressful things a person can experience during an emergency. Not knowing where your loved ones are, not being able to get a hold of them by phone or email adds to that anxiety.”

People can register with the Register.Find.Reunite. service on the Red Cross website at www.redcross.org.au from a computer or any mobile device . If internet and mobile devices are down due to the emergency, people can also register in person at an evacuation or relief centre.

If you are unable to contact a loved one who may have been affected by a large scale disaster in Australia, visit the Red Cross website to enquire through the Register.Find.Reunite. service.