Just a few more thoughts on the fires.
Blood: I was going to wait a little while before donating blood, as I wondered if this might happen: the Blood Bank has been overwhelmed by donors and is asking people to stagger them, as people can only donate every three months, and blood products have a limited lifespan.
Money: Likewise the Red Cross web site has been overloaded, which means people are digging deep. Good. Happy to see they’re taking donations from outside Australia, too. I’m sure there’s a lot of people around the world who are willing to help.
Data: From The Times: Mrs Parkinson and her husband, Colin Buckler, grabbed their two-year-old son Sam, a bag of nappies and a computer hard drive and tried to flee by car. I know I’m not alone in having some of my most precious memories in electronic form on my computers’ hard drives. But one of the reasons I use an online backup service is to avoid any problems should my computers have problems — of any type.
Photos: There are many amazing stories and pictures out of the fires, but the Boston Globe with its Big Picture series has captured some of the best.