“The Emergency Volunteering Portal has been developed by Volunteering ACT as a way to volunteer with emergency service agencies as well as to inform ACT residents about preparedness for natural disasters and to provide updates on emergency volunteering news and current opportunities,” ESA Commissioner Dominic Lane said.
“The community can register as an emergency volunteer by visiting www.emergencyvolunteering.com.au or downloading the Ready ACT smartphone app and fill out a form with their details and skills,” he said.
“Volunteering ACT is the one point of contact for the Australian Capital Territory in the case of an emergency for people who want to volunteer and for organisations seeking volunteers.
“I would like to congratulate the team at Volunteering ACT for drawing up the framework and creating such a portal that the community can easily access.
“Volunteering ACT will act as a central agency to register offers of assistance from individuals pledging their time to volunteer and requests for assistance from organisations seeking volunteers in disaster preparation, response and recovery activities.
“Four ACTRFS taskforces have been sent to work in the Sydney Basin since the first request last Thursday with more deployments to assist in firefighting efforts in NSW also a possibility.
“With the current fire emergency in NSW, the ACTRFS has received over 100 offers from the ACT community to join in the past week.