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Australian emergency and disaster volunteering is changing due to shifts in the nature of paid work, lifestyles, values, new technology and policy.
This week marks the 5th anniversary of the devastating Queensland Floods of 2010-11. Thousands of volunteers helped with the massive clean-up effort.
To increase resilience at the grassroots level, we've been holding disaster preparedness awareness sessions with local community groups and networks.
Police, Fire and Emergency Services Minister Jo-Ann Miller is encouraging Queenslanders to stop and say thanks to the thousands of hard-working volunteers that help keep us safe day in, day out.
In 2010-11, Queensland suffered a string of natural disasters, including floods and tropical cyclones. During this time, community groups and all levels of government relied heavily on Volunteering Queensland to coordinate volunteers' offers of help. Phones were ringing off the hook and email inboxes overflowing, with our Emergency Volunteering CREW service collecting approximately 120,000 offers of assistance. With all this information being received, we needed a system to quickly help the efforts on the ground.
The research focuses on the current business model for emergency management volunteering in Australia and New Zealand.