Residents invited to register as emergency volunteers
Following the Dereel bushfire emergency in 2013, Council undertook a review of its emergency volunteer management practices.
As a result of the review, Council will work to better coordinate the community volunteer response to any future large-scale emergencies in Golden Plains Shire. In these situations local volunteers are a vital resource, providing a trusted helping hand in their own communities and Council can help coordinate their activities during emergencies.
At the time of the 2013 bushfire, many community members were willing and able to help and it’s vital that these efforts are maximised in the future in a co-ordinated manner.
Council conducted a community survey to identify the issues and the gaps in their emergency volunteer management. This survey identified areas for improvement including a need for a coordination and registration process, improved guidelines and resources, and training and support for volunteers.
Council’s overall aim is to have operational structures in place for effective and efficient management of volunteers before, during and after an emergency—captured in the Golden Plains Shire Volunteer Emergency Management Plan.
This Plan means that in an emergency, Council will be able to mobilise a pre-registered and screened team of Council volunteers called the Disaster Volunteer Coordination Team. This team will engage up to 20 pre-registered, screened and trained volunteers to assist Council during an emergency and support other spontaneous volunteers in the relief and recovery phases.
If you would like to offer volunteer services in these type of events please register your interest at HelpOut—this is the data base that Council will use for volunteering support in any future events.