Now is not the time.
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The toll keeps rising. Within ten minutes of my post yesterday it had risen to 108. It now stands at 173 and counting.
People need help. Even those who are insured won’t be able to replace everything and there will be many who don’t have insurance.
You can help by
Donating Blood to the Red Cross
Visit the ABC website for How you can help
There’s a lot of talk about whether warning systems worked, should people have been given more information or was the fire to much of a beast, on too a great a rampage, moving to fast for anyone to really know in advance what was to come.
There’s a time for these questions. There’s a time to review process and to question whether ‘stay and defend’ is really an effective and realistic option. There’s a time to question whether the warning systems that are currently in place really work. There’s a time for all these questions and more. In my opinion, now is not that time. While there are still brave men and women fighting fires, saving what they can, looking for bodies and putting their lives on the line, now is not the time to question the actions of the CFA. They have worked tirelessly for days on end, on the back of a very difficult fire season. They need our encouragement and appreciation not our questions.
The Australian public has show immediate and constant compassion and generosity since the dawn of this disaster. We need to continue to be united in our offerings and support of communities that have been utterly destroyed. The time will come for those questions, but now let’s just get through this disaster with as much compassion and generosity as possible.
Please consider how you can help.