So far there’s 15 confirmed fatal casualties, with 61 people still unaccounted for, from the Queensland floods this week and 75% of Queensland has been declared a natural disaster area.
We already have federal and corporate support and thousands of private residents has either generously donated their time or their financial support.
Financial support for the flood victims has raised $54,636,576 as of the 14th of January 10am.
Microsoft put the call out for businesses in need of disaster storage for their data earlier this week.
Catherine Eibner announced on her blog the initiative to provide Azure storage for those in and around Brisbane
Parts of the Australian MVP community has also come together to offer their services to businesses affected by the floods – Queensland IT Flood Relief Program.
The Queensland Flood IT relief team is a group of volunteers who are collecting spare PC’s, printers, servers, from companies all across Australia. We will then service, and rebuild them with an aim to send them to people in Queensland who need the support to get started.
So what can you do to help?
Contact the QLD IT Flood Relief via email or phone (02 8003 7213) if you can either:
- Provide transport for equipment from NSW to QLD
Donate some of the following:
- Computers – PC, Macs, Laptops etc
- Servers or networking equipment
- Spare parts – cases, hard drives, memory, cables etc
- Phones/PBX systems
- Tools (screwdrivers etc)
- or anything else IT related that you can come up with – all help is gratefully apprecitated.
The guys also need hands on deck to help assemble the computers et al.
Please link to this blog post, the QLD IT Flood Relief Program (http://www.qlditrelief.org/) and help spread the word (twitter is a good start – nudge nudge wink wink).
Please note that the QLD IT Flood Relief cannot accept financial donations – please donate directly to the QLD Flood Relief Fund instead.
Update: The community is already getting behind this initiative – a very good friend of mine, Mike Hopgood, is already helping organise things from Brisbane (He’s a local IT Pro guy). Thanks Mike! Appreciate your support!