With disaster season already upon us, it is important to be ready for anything. Whether you are preparing your home, your organisation or yourself as a volunteer we have resources to help everyone prepare for rain, hail or shine.

Volunteers and Disasters:

Volunteering Queensland has available a suite of resources to support and enable local government and Volunteer-involving Organisations to follow best practice in the use of spontaneous volunteers at times of disasters. These resources include guiding information and templates to capture local plans and arrangements for the management and use of spontaneous volunteers at times of disaster. 

Volunteering Queensland, through its EV CREW program, partners with the Queensland Government to register and manage offers of assistance to volunteer at times of and in the aftermath of emergencies and disasters. We match these volunteer offers with response agencies or community organisations that are assisting on the ground. 

To access safe and coordinated volunteering opportunities, we recommend individuals register with EV CREW or partner agencies. EV CREW informs registered volunteers about the latest opportunities. Click here to register interest in volunteering at times of disasters.  

If you are an organisation requiring volunteers to support your activities in response to disasters, please click here to get started.

Is your Organisation disaster ready?  

Community services organisations are often the first to respond before, during and long after disaster strikes.

The Planning for Business Continuity in Times of Disaster facilitation guide was developed by the Community Service Industry Alliance (CSIA) and offers tools and resources to support an organisation’s business continuity planning.

Where to find up-to-date information on disasters impacting your community

Local councils are the first point of call Queenslanders should turn to for information and direction at the time of a natural disaster. Up-to-date information regarding the current disaster situation in your local area can be found on your local Council Disaster Dashboard. They will assist you with up-to-date information on everything you need to know including evacuation centre openings and locations, river heights, road conditions and closures, power and phone outages. To visit your local Council’s Disaster Dashboard, please click here.

The Get Ready Queensland program is a year-round, all-hazards, resilience-building initiative coordinated by the Queensland Reconstruction Authority (QRA) to help communities prepare for natural disasters. The website includes useful information to assist individuals and families to prepare for disasters. 

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