Bethenny Frankel is stepping up to help Australia as the country continues to be devastated by wildfires. According to NBC News, at least 12 million acres of land have been affected and there are over 100 fires still active. The NBC News report adds that already more than half a billion animals have died since the fires started.
The Real Housewives of New York City alum, through her B Strong initiative, is now working to do her part to send relief to those being affected by the wildfires. "My team is in strategy mode with a plan to effectively and efficiently aid Australia in this crisis, which affects our entire planet. Aside from my personal connection to and love for Australia, this is an international crisis. These fires have burned 13 m acres, 6x that of the Amazon. A region the size of a small country is destroyed, killing humans, wildlife, and animals & rages on, midway through fire season," she wrote on Instagram. "Last year #bstrong distributed hundreds of ks of dollars in cash cards for CA Wildfire survivors. We outfitted 400+ volunteer firefighters in the Amazon for 3 mos. We’re still knee deep in recovery efforts in the Bahamas. This is the world’s largest environmental disaster in history. There are more than half a billion animals perished. Thousands of people have evacuated and are in shelters & homeless."
She then went on to shed some light on how her and her team plan to aid. "We have a multi-tiered plan supporting existing fire fighting teams, while creating and outfitting more teams. This is critical since the current number of firefighters and this fire are David and Goliath. When comparing the current number of firefighters in Australia to other massive wildfires, we see where the void is," she wrote. "We are in direct talks with the executive directors of various Fire Services and are working directly with them to enhance their workforce and equipment. We will visit shelters to distribute aid and cash cards to those who have lost everything. We will provide aid for the suffering animals in need.Our #bstrong @globalempowermentmission teams are mobilizing efforts now with our on ground partners."
On Twitter, Bethenny also offered more insight into the next steps she's taking to help out in Australia.
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