Members of the workforce predominantly train and operate in their local area at flexible times throughout the year. Subject to availability, experience and interest, you may have the opportunity to undertake additional training or assist in emergency work intra- and interstate. In non-emergency times Emergency Services (ES) volunteers work under the direction of Team Conveners and the State Emergency Services Manager.
ES volunteers contribute to the delivery of core Red Cross Emergency Services including Psychological First Aid and registration and inquiry services. ES volunteers must be able to undertake this work in a number of different contexts including in Evacuation and Recovery Centers, through outreach and through the operation of State and National Inquiry Centers. ES volunteers are expected to take an active role in promoting Red Cross Emergency services, attend team and wider Red Cross ES meetings and available training and undertake community preparedness and recovery activities as time
Red Cross has been responding to emergencies and providing humanitarian assistance in Australia since 1914. We are committed to strengthening and extending our emergency aid services to assist all Australians prepare for, respond to and recover from emergencies. The Red Cross Emergency Services program aims to support individuals and communities to cope with and manage the psychosocial impacts of emergencies.
Emergency Services volunteers may work in a number of functions across the program:
Preparedness – assist people to be better prepared, better connected to each other and more resilient when emergencies happen through;
-Community preparedness sessions using RediPlan
-Pillowcase sessions for primary school children
-Youth preparedness sessions for secondary school children
Response – provide immediate relief services involving the provision of essential needs such as shelter, information and psychosocial support to people affected by an emergency through;
-Psychological First Aid (PFA)
-Register. Find. Reunite –reconnecting family and loved ones during an emergency in evacuation centres, relief centres or at locations when affected people are gathering
Recovery – helping people affected by an emergency return to a life, not defined by the disaster, as quickly and efficiently as possible through;
-Contacting people via phone to check on their wellbeing and ascertain their needs (Telephone outreach)
-Visiting people in their homes or business to check in their wellbeing and link them to relevant services (physical outreach)
As an Emergency Services volunteer, you’ll help people to be better prepared, better connected to each other and more resilient when emergencies happen. Red Cross will ensure you have training, ongoing support and access to other opportunities within the World’s largest humanitarian network.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are strongly encouraged to apply.