Volunteering in an emergency

Register early
The best thing to do is get involved with a local volunteer-based organisation well before a disaster strikes. That way you will already have all the necessary background checks and a membership with the volunteering group. Local councils often rely on established volunteer-based organisations that can support and coordinate their own volunteers for relief and recovery efforts.

Become an emergency services volunteer
Victoria’s emergency services organisations – such as the CFA, MFB, Police, Red Cross and SES – deploy highly trained and skilled staff and volunteers to respond to immediate emergencies. Some services respond during an emergency to protect people and property, while others need trained volunteers to assist in relief centres.

Donations and fundraising
If you are not already involved in a local volunteer organisation, making a cash donation to an official appeal or to a registered charity is the best way to help out.

Supporting your friends and family
Gather My Crew connects people in emergency situations – such as bushfires, floods, and storms – to their community of friends and family in an easy and coordinated way. This helps ensure they can ask for, and receive, the practical support they actually need, whether that’s meals, transport, help with the kids, help with pets and more.

More information
See below some additional resources available to assist organisations in planning for spontaneous volunteers during emergencies:

If you are interested in volunteering with the emergency services, don’t wait for an emergency.  Join now so you can learn new skills before disasters occur.