The most immediate help available after a disaster is from people nearby when the event occurs. That means it is your work colleagues, neighbours, friends, family and members of the community who are the ones who will be giving or needing help.
What volunteers do
A Community-driven Emergency Management Volunteer is someone who works with their community to educate people on emergency preparedness and to increase the resilience of the Wellington region.
Volunteers help residents get prepared for an emergency by promoting preparedness within their own networks and at local events, such as festivals and community fairs. This is one of the most valuable actions you can take in your community.
During an emergency, you may be asked to staff an Emergency Welfare or Civil Defence Centre. Your role could include:
- providing welfare to displaced people
- gathering and distributing emergency information
- registering affected people
- operating communications equipment.
Volunteers participate in exercises and events throughout the year to maintain their skills and their relationships with each other and civil defence staff.
WREMO offers free training for volunteers which is funded by Wellington City Council.
Become a volunteer
If you would like to register for training or see the course content, visit: Community-driven Emergency Management Volunteers - WREMO
Benefits of volunteering
- Able to help your family, neighbours, workmates and community in an emergency
- Learn new skills
- Enjoy new challenges
- Meet new people in your community and across town
- Get experience in a whole new sector
- Help prepare a resilient community that's ready for an emergency
Our volunteers can also become involved with giving training and other activities around WREMO, or volunteer with the Emergency Response Team or the Rural Fire Force.