Emergency Volunteer Register
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Emergency volunteers should register now!
A new online service is helping Warrnambool City Council prepare its emergency volunteer workforce.
The State Government has established the Emergency Volunteer Register to help councils across Victoria streamline their response to emergencies and natural disasters.
The free online service allows people to pre-register their interest to volunteer in the event of an emergency, nominate one or more towns where they could help and list any specialist skills or equipment they could provide.
The information is then made available to local Councils and people on the register are contacted if and when they are needed, providing a co-ordinated approach to the deployment of volunteers.
Pre-registering on the Emergency Volunteer Register saves precious time in an emergency such as a fire or flood, allowing local Councils to focus on the emergency at hand, rather than registering and processing volunteers.
The Emergency Volunteer Register was developed following the Queensland floods in 2011, when authorities were overwhelmed by more than 80,000 volunteer registrations in just a few hours.
There are many people that offer valuable skills and services in a crisis. An example of some of the work that usually needs to be done in an emergency includes cleaning up, fence repairs, making food, delivering goods, caring for animals and helping with administrative tasks.
Registration is free, simple and could be completed online at www.volunteer.vic.gov.au or by calling Volunteering Warrnambool on 5559 4919.