Emergency volunteer register launched17 Jan 2012
Victorians interested in helping out in an emergency are invited to submit their details at Victoria’s Volunteering Portal’s new look Emergency Volunteer Register.
Volunteers from all over Victoria have shown enormous generosity and kindness in the wake of events like the 2009 bushfires and the 2010-11 floods, offering their skills, time or services to help people in need.
The Emergency Volunteer Register aims to harness that goodwill and provide a mechanism to better manage and direct the offers of assistance during emergency or disaster events.
Potential volunteers can list specific skills or qualifications that will help local councils coordinate the use of volunteers by matching skills, availability and capacity to local tasks at hand.
During an emergency people will be encouraged to register details and wait to be contacted, rather than call local councils direct or travel straight to the affected area.
With the valuable database of generous and willing volunteers available local councils will be able to find suitable volunteers as they are required.
The Emergency Volunteer Register has been redeveloped as part of ongoing improvements to Victoria’s Volunteering Portal, a one-stop-shop for volunteers.
To register as an emergency volunteer or to check out the range of other volunteering opportunities across the state, visit Victoria’s Volunteering Portal.
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