Information for volunteers
Volunteering Queensland's Emergency Volunteering CREW links people who want to help out before and after disasters with councils and community organisations who need valuable extra helping hands.
Emergency Volunteer CREW make sure people with the required skills, availability and locality are referred into the areas of the community that need help the most.
The difference that you can make to a disaster-affected family, community group or business is immeasurable - even months and years after an extreme weather event.
You can offer to help by registering with Emergency Volunteering CREW at any time.
When you register for EV CREW, you will enter information which determines what kind of volunteer role you are linked to. These include
- Contact details
- What skills you can offer (eg. medical, trade, counselling, IT)
- What equipment you can bring (eg. portable accommodation, chainsaw, generator, tools, machinery)
- Your availability (timeframe, days, location)
Why is this important? If a group of people have chainsaws, it makes sense for them to be referred somewhere that needs help removing fallen trees, rather than somewhere that needs help sorting donations. If you have trade qualifications, these skills are valuable for assessing and repairing flood damaged houses.
If you don't receive a call straight after a disaster, don't think you aare not needed! There are more opportunities for volunteering with long-term recovery projects in the weeks, months and years following a disaster, not just during the initial clean-up.