Access To Assistance Via The Internet

Access To Assistance Via The Internet

Victoria Deputy Premier Peter Ryan

Victoria Minister for Emergency Services Peter Ryan

Web Portal Assists With Flood Volunteer Efforts

Victor P Taffa

Deputy Premier and Minister for Emergency Services Peter Ryan today thanked volunteers who had selflessly put up their hand to help flood-affected communities in Victoria.

“More than 400 people across the state have already registered with the Government’s volunteering portal, offering their time and skills to assist those in need.” Mr. Ryan said.

“The volunteering portal matches the locations, skills and abilities of registered volunteers with the needs of local councils and communities.”

“Councils then directly contact volunteers who can donate their services as required.”

 

Mr. Ryan said clean-up and recovery efforts in Victoria’s flood-affected regions would take time and volunteers would undoubtedly be required throughout different stages of the process.

“Given the nature and timing of flood peaks in different areas, it may be a while before local authorities can identify specific needs that can be met by registered volunteers.” Mr. Ryan said.

“In communities where floods still pose a high risk the priority remains that emergency service personnel first assess the extent of the damage and decide on the best course of relief action.”

Mr. Ryan said in the first instance emergency services agencies and local councils would work with volunteers who had experience and skills in handling emergency relief activities.

“Essential clean-up will follow, and later the help of volunteers with specific professional and trade-related skills and experience will be sought to assist with crucial recovery and rebuilding efforts.” Mr. Ryan said.

“For now, due to the shortage of accommodation, it’s preferred that clean-up volunteers live locally and have easy access to flood-affected areas.” Mr. Ryan said.