As the bushfire crisis continues, Good360 is working to get the right goods to the right people at the right time.
Good360 is a matchmaker connecting the brand-new goods of businesses to the Australians who need them most. During times of Disaster Recovery, Good360 works to get the right goods to the right people at the right time during all stages of a disaster, providing hope and dignity to those adversely impacted.
Our approach to Australian bushfire relief is strategic and sustainable. We use a coordinated and collaborative approach, working with all organisations – large and small – to deliver what’s needed at each stage of disaster recovery. We’ll be there in the weeks, months and years following a disaster to provide the right goods when they are most needed.
We understand that Disaster Recovery is a marathon not a sprint. Our member charities and schools require different items at each stage of disaster recovery that is why we have created a Disaster Recovery Survey, which helps us identify what is needed where and at what stage. Good360 are asking all Not for Profits and Schools within disaster affected communities to complete the survey so we can help connect them to the goods they need.
To date leading Australian businesses have pledged their support for the Good360 Disaster Recovery response including brands such as BIG W, Harvey Norman, SC Johnson, DHL, Catch.com, 3M, Colgate, LEGO, WINC, King Living, Sealy, Linen House, BIC and Moose Toys.
For the full list of pledged donors go to https://good360.org.au/disaster-recovery/.
Six stages of disaster recovery
There are six stages to disaster recovery for giving: preparedness, response, recover, rebuild, refurnish and relive. Each of these stages is an important step in getting people back on their feet after a fire, flood, hurricane, or drought. Each stage of disaster recovery clearly outlines the response and materials needed.
Being prepared helps mitigate the impact of a disaster on communities. In this phase products such as hygiene kits, shelter kits, water, soap, emotional care items, bedding, and clean-up supplies are important to have on hand.
During a disaster and in the immediate aftermath, the greatest concern is for the protection of life and property. Critically needed items include soap, hair care, nappies, wipes, hand sanitiser, socks, undergarments, dry baby formula, colouring books and crayons, flashlights, earplugs, and small blankets.
During recovery survivors are occupied with cleaning up the debris and fixing the damage brought on by the disaster. Needed items include products that make clean-up easier and safer.
As survivors look to rebuild homes and businesses Good360 collaborates with not-for-profit organisations, volunteer groups and corporate donors to not only source the necessary building materials but also bring in professionals.
As displaced families move back into their dwellings, they often need to replace most or all of the household goods and furnishings that make a house a home. These items include various pieces of furniture, appliances, and soft furnishings.
Once survivors are well into the long-term recovery process, they may still need items that help them get back to the comforts of everyday life, including school supplies, work and school clothes, and new shoes.
Unfortunately for those affected by the recent bushfire crisis there is a long road ahead as they move to re-build their homes, lives and communities. Good360 is committed to being there throughout the process, working with member charities and schools to get the goods where they are most needed.
If you are not currently a Good360 member and are working in the Disaster Recovery space please complete our survey here: http://bit.ly/G360Survey. Our Giving Team will then be in touch to see how Good360 can assist your community.
Alison Covington Good360 Founder & MD said, “Good intentions can result in incredible impact, but it’s important to first understand the need, give wisely and be prepared to stick it out for the long haul. Good360 have created a survey for not-for-profits and schools that are assisting communities affected by the 2019/20 bushfires to ascertain what products are urgently needed right now and what will be needed later down the track during rebuild.
Good360 then source the needed items from Australian retailers. They are brand new and will be strategically matched with thousands of charities and schools in fire-affected areas. This centralised co-ordination and management of the donation process is essential. It ensures that the right goods are delivered to the right communities at the right time.”
Disaster Response in action
A warm place to sleep
During the early stages of the bushfire crisis, Good360 reached out to Anaconda who agreed to provide 400 sleeping bags and 300 jackets. These items were able to go to people in temporary accommodation through Vinnies Victoria and provided displaced people with a warm and safe place to sleep.
New furniture to fire-affected families
During January Good360 were able to connect Harvey Norman with Generation Life Church Riverina to provide much needed bed frames, mattresses, bedroom furniture, tables, chairs and much more. Altogether Generation Life Church received $46,747 (RRP) worth of brand-new furniture for FREE and helped over 30 Australians in need.
These goods were distributed to families in Batlow and Gundagai who had lost their homes to the recent bushfires. Many of these families are staying in temporary accommodation and most only had the clothes they were wearing when the fire went through.
Thousands of homes have been damaged or destroyed across Australia during this bushfire crisis, not to mention out buildings, loss of crops and livestock, and loss of income for regional towns. There is a mammoth task ahead as we begin to rebuild and Good360 is prepared for the long haul.
A full Christmas stocking
Over the Christmas period, many of Lomandra School’s families and community were impacted by the fires. People had lost their homes, their properties and their belongings. The Lomandra School community rallied with their volunteers to pack clothing, household items, school packs and toys received through Good360 for those families affected.
They delivered hundreds of gifts to families in their area and also families who had been relocated. Through the connection with brands such as BIG W, Lomandra was able to receive $33,820 (RRP) worth of goods and help over 5,000 individuals.
We would encourage you to share this article with a school or charity whom you think could benefit from Good360’s assistance. Together we can help rebuild Australian communities and lives!
If you would like to find out more about Good360’s Disaster Recovery response, please visit our website https://good360.org.au/disaster-recovery/ or you can contact our Giving Team to discuss how we can help you and your community by calling (02) 8594 3600 or emailing [email protected].
Please complete the Disaster Recovery Survey today at http://bit.ly/G360Survey