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This week marks the 5th anniversary of the devastating Queensland Floods of 2010-11.
During this time, we remember so many amazing, caring people who voluntarily helped those affected. The outpouring of community spirit and the desire of people to help each other during the massive clean-up was overwhelming!
There were volunteers in houses, streets, parks and footpaths across Queensland. To have been part of this effort was something unforgettable and really sums up what is to be a volunteer - a selfless giver for the betterment of the community. So many stories of tragedy, peppered with beautiful stories of the unflappable human spirit.
Since our Emergency Volunteering CREW (Community Response to Extreme Weather) service began in 2008, we've made over 32,000 volunteer referrals to 200 disaster preparation or recovery campaigns. We've learned much about how all that ‘people energy and goodwill’ can be mobilised even more effectively than it was then.
Five years down the track we have improved our coordination of volunteers who are keen to help. We make sure people with the required skills, availability and locality are referred into the areas of the community that need help the most.
Emergency Volunteering CREW links people who want to help out in times of disaster with organisations across the community who need valuable extra helping hands. The difference that you can make to a disaster-affected family, community group or business is immeasurable - even years after an extreme weather event.
You can offer to help by registering with EV CREW at any time.
You may not be called on to assist initially – it will really depend on the extent of the disaster and the number of extra hands needed. After a disaster, it can take disaster response agencies and organisations time to work out how to most effectively engage volunteers. Rest assured, we will call you when your help is needed.
Emergency Volunteering CREW is managed by Volunteering Queensland.