Volunteering your time and skills can be a great way to help your community as an emergency volunteer.
There are a few options when it comes to volunteering, you can become a:
Moreton Bay Regional Council encourages local residents, businesses and tradespeople to consider registering as a Disaster Volunteer with Council.
Your skills, location and availability will be recorded to link you in with volunteer opportunities when they arise.
Council will coordinate the efforts of community Disaster Volunteers during an event, with the help of Volunteering Queensland and other agencies.
How can I volunteer?
The work of Disaster Volunteers is focused on the clean up and recovery work during a local disaster event.
For information on how to register as a volunteer for the current disaster that occurred on 1 May 2015:
To register for non-event disasters:
In a disaster event, not all registered volunteers may be required immediately, but could be put on standby to assist where possible.
Emergency services volunteer
You may also be interested in becoming a trained emergency services volunteer.
You can join local State Emergency Service (SES) groups or Rural Fire Brigades
Other organisations you could also become involved with:
These organisations have specific roles and direct involvement during a local disaster event (eg. Red Cross volunteers assist with the operation of evacuation centres).
You can register with Volunteering Queensland as an Emergency Volunteer
In the event of an emergency or natural disaster event, council will coordinate its volunteer resources and requirements with Volunteering Queensland.
What do I need?
You must be 18 years or older, unless accompanied by a parent or guardian.
The work can be tough and dirty. You must be physically and mentally prepared to volunteer.
It is important to look after yourself in a disaster event by wearing:
- Strong, enclosed footwear
- Long pants & long sleeves
- Hat, sunscreen & insect repellent
It is important to be self-sufficient:
- Bring your own tools (eg. shovels, spades)
- You will need brooms, mops, buckets, garbage bags & cleaning products
- Wheelbarrows and utility vehicles are helpful for clean up work
- Bring you own water & food
Further information will be provided during an event.
How prepared are you?
Volunteering Queensland has a helpful checklist to test your disaster preparedness.
The Disaster Readiness Index looks at the things you should know before a disaster and the actions you should take to keep you and your family safe. Take the survey now to test how prepared you are for this storm season. The results might just surprise you!
You can promote this on Facebook, Twitter and other social media to encourage your friends and family to take the survey as well.
By doing so you are part of Queensland’s Disaster Readiness Challenge which seeks to get as many people as possible disaster-ready.