Volunteer with Red Cross
Throughout April, Red Cross Emergency Services is calling for skilled and motivated people to be trained as Emergency Services volunteers.
Red Cross Emergency Services spokesperson Graeme Lowe said that you never know when or where an emergency event may occur.
Things are changing and it’s not just fires and floods that are the norm these days.
“It’s important that there are local people organised and trained as Red Cross volunteers to help the community prepare prior to an emergency event occurring and then respond when needed,” Mr Lowe said.
“Communities can take a long time to recover from the effect of an emergency and Red Cross is an organisation that is there when needed.
“Emergency Services volunteering is very community focussed. It’s a great way to get to know people, but also helps in building the resilience of your community for when disaster strikes.
“Our experience shows us that many volunteers are eager to be trained and be highlyengaged with emergency services.
“There are a range of training opportunities opened to volunteers to further develop their skills and meet on a regular basis with their emergency service team.” Local volunteers could also be called upon to help support other communities throughout the state and at times interstate when an emergency occurs.
Some things that Red Cross Emergency Services volunteers might do include speaking and informing community groups and individuals about how to prepare for a disaster, registering displaced evacuees, provide practical and emotional support during a disaster, and door to door visits in affected communities after a disaster to check how people are coping.
Red Cross will be holding two Emergency Services information sessions in Moe and these sessions are a great opportunity to find out more and ask questions.
More information is available at sessions on Monday April 23 at 6.30pm at Moe library, Room 3, George St; or Tuesday April 24 at 7pm at Moe library, Room 3, George St.
RSVP to Graeme Lowe 0439 300 516 or toll free 1800 232 969, or express your interest online at www.redcross.org.au/volunteerregister.
Red Cross volunteers provide personal support in the event of tragedy..