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Emergency Services Volunteer - Great Southern

Australian Red Cross

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

The program

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.   

The opportunity

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

-Preparedness outreach

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)

The impact

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.