Vol­un­teer with Red Cross

Warragul & Drouin Gazette - - NEWS -

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..

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