The difference that you can make to a disaster-affected family, community group, business or individual, even years after an extreme weather event, is immeasurable.
A large number of emergency volunteering roles will get you dirty and will be repetitive. Imagine removing kilometres of burned fence lines or sorting boxes of donated clothing. You may be delivering injured wildlife to carers, or answering phone calls for a nonprofit involved in the disaster recovery. Regardless of the actual tasks, many volunteers who have participated in recovery projects find it a life-changing experience.
What types of roles might exist for volunteers?
Long-term, large-scale recovery projects
It’s not until after the initial emergency that volunteers are really needed.
When the local library or school is devastated, months later, the new books will need covering. Or when the community gardens are razed by fire, and muscle is needed to establish new garden beds for the growing season ahead. All sorts of roles exist for volunteers to lend a hand in the long-term recovery. If you don't get called to volunteer right away, you may instead be able to help when communities really need it - after the media has moved on, in the months or even years following a disaster.
As a result of extreme weather and emergency situations, relief organisations often seek volunteers for specialised services. Counsellors, youth and social workers, and medical professionals can be called on to provide additional support to organisations offering emergency assistance. Engineers and qualified tradespeople may be asked to volunteer their expertise to help a local community rebuild. So, if you are trained or have experience in a particular area, please add these details to your EV CREW registration. Specialised skills and knowledge will come in handy.
Administration/call centre for recovery organisations
When EV CREW is ramped up, volunteers will also be needed to coordinate the service.
Volunteering your time as an administration assistant in the EV CREW call centre will help our team coordinate volunteers for the organisations administering relief. This support will enable them to deliver a faster and more effective response, with well-suited volunteers.
Do you come with extras?
Look around you. Do you have access to materials that could be useful when you volunteer? Recovery and reconstruction projects often require the use of heavy machinery and equipment, 4WDs, generators, chainsaws and various clean-up tools. Please detail in your EV CREW registration if you are able to provide equipment (and, if required, if you have a current training qualification). Equipment condition and your certification to use it will be checked by the organisation you are placed with.
Just as your specific skills and experience, can come in handy, so could your equipment if you’re happy to make it available!
Registering with us
Registering with EV CREW will enable your skills, location and availability to match the needs of the organisations working on the disaster recovery. You’ll be whistled in if, and when, your specific skills are needed. You’ll be inducted and directed to ensure your efforts help communities in need. Organisations needing your help may include service clubs, health and human service nonprofits, local Landcare groups or neighbourhood houses in the affected area.
Volunteering with emergency services
If you are interested in volunteering with the emergency services including the Tasmania Fire Service (TFS), State Emergency Services (SES) and St John Ambulance, don’t wait for the crisis. The time to join is now so you can learn new skills before disasters occur. Sign up to these organisations through Join, Learn and Be Ready.