This section looks at some of the important ways you can help during an emergency.

Get involved early

The best thing to do is get involved with a local volunteer-based organisation well before a disaster. That way you will already have all the necessary background checks as well as a membership with the volunteering group.

Local councils often rely on established volunteer-based organisations that can support and coordinate their own volunteers for relief and recovery efforts.

You may also register your interest at Volunteering Victoria’s We Volunteer portal. The site securely verifies your credentials for volunteering, to easily match you to community needs and where your skills are best suited.  

You can access the portal at www.wevolunteer.org.au.

Become an emergency services volunteer

In an emergency, only trained volunteers who are already members of an organisation are called to hand. Some services respond during an emergency to protect people and property, while others need trained volunteers to assist in relief centres.

Get involved with an Emergency Services organisation and gain the experience, training and essential skills required.

Donations and fundraising

If you are not already involved in a local volunteer organisation, making a cash donation to an official appeal or to a registered charity is the best way to help out.

Other ways to help

  • Do not travel to affected areas - it may still be unsafe for you to do so.
  • Do not call the local council - they are busy coordinating immediate relief for their community.