At Emergency Volunteering you can access information about a variety of topics related to natural disaster mitigation and response. It's a hub for the Step Up Program which builds Queensland's resilience to natural disasters amongst a variety of stakeholders.
With Emergency Volunteering you can:
Access useful information and resources to increase your knowledge about:
- what happens during emergency situations
- community resilience
- new developments and initiatives related to natural disaster resilience and disaster management.
- register with EV CREW; a referral service between volunteers and natural disaster response agencies. This gives you access to volunteer opportunities.
- register for training, workshops and forums.
Make connections with:
- like-minded people via social media
- your local community.
Volunteering Queensland's role during disasters
During times of natural disaster we match volunteers with response agencies. We work with a number of agencies such as local government, Australian Red Cross, St Vincent de Paul Society, Lifeline and others.
To access safe and coordinated volunteering opportunities, we recommend registering with EV CREW or partner agencies. EV CREW informs registered volunteers on a regular basis about the latest opportunities.
Recovery from a natural disaster is a long process. Agencies rely on long term support from volunteers who may perform various roles, ranging from basic clean up to care, comfort and personal support to affected communities. It is for that reason that Volunteering Queensland recommends that anyone considering volunteering learns more about natural disaster response and recovery processes.
Responding to actual needs as they arise on the ground is a complex process and agencies need time to coordinate an effective response that incorporates untrained, or semi-trained volunteers. Your best chance to volunteer during an emergency is to register with EV CREW, and receive some training from our various partner agencies.
This is also the stage when communities start to rebuild. Volunteering Queensland manages programs that are designed to assist in building stronger and more resilient communities. Preparedness is paramount to minimising the severity of natural disasters and speeding up the recovery process.
Find out more about Volunteering Queensland