Volunteering in an emergency
How you can help in an emergency
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, e.g. putting out fires and rescuing people.
Supporting your friends and family
Gather My Crew connects people in emergency situations – bushfires, floods, storms – to their community of friends and family in an easy and coordinated way so they can ask for, and receive, the practical support they actually need. Meals, transport, help with the kids, help with pets and more.
More information: There are additional resources available to assist organisations in planning for spontaneous volunteers during emergencies:
HelpOut volunteering service
Volunteering Victoria’s HelpOUT emergency volunteering service was initiated in July 2015, with time-limited pilot funding through the Commonwealth government’s Natural Disaster Resilience Grants Scheme, and went live in February 2016.
HelpOUT, including the Managers of Spontaneous Emergency Volunteers (MSEV) program, aimed to complement and support the vital role of state and local government in emergency management by capturing and better managing spontaneous volunteer offers, freeing up other resources in the immediate aftermath of an emergency.
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.
Volunteering for COVID-19 & the Australian Bushfires
It is only natural to want to help during a crisis. You can find information on volunteering for the Australian Fires and COVID-19 below.