Civil Defence Emergency Management is delivered through a series of partnerships between many different groups: local councils, emergency services, community agencies and the wider community. All New Zealand communities rely upon these partnerships for effective emergency response and relief and volunteers are a vital component of this partnership. You can assist Civil Defence by volunteering for your local councils Civil Defence organisation, or volunteering for one of the many support agencies that assist in emergencies.
Without the commitment of devoted and skilled volunteers, services to the wider community in the event of an emergency would be severely restricted. Volunteers fulfil a range of roles in an emergency, including rescue, relief and welfare services and come from all walks of life. Devoting your time to volunteering in a civil defence capacity can be both rewarding and challenging.
Civil Defence in your community is managed by your local council, so to find out more about the role of volunteers and the activities they are involved with in your local area, please contact your nearest city, district or regional council. You can find the contact details of the Civil Defence organisation nearest to you here. Alternatively, visit the website of Volunteering New Zealand.
Overview of general provisions in the CDEM Act that affect CD volunteers
Overview of the Health and Safety in Employment Amendment Act 2002 and its relation to civil defence volunteers
Australian Emergency Management Volunteers Summit 2005 report
Without a doubt, every recruiter of volunteers hears “I don’t have time” as the most often expressed reason to refuse an invitation to participate in a project. Similarly, those who coordinate volunteer services also express the frustration of “I don’t have the time” to do all sorts of things from expanding a program to reading professional books or Web resources. What can we do about this except wring our hands? Susan Ellis of energizeinc provides some great advice in this article.
A Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (previously the Department of Labour) guideline on health and safety for community and voluntary organisations
Screening is an important risk management tool as well as an essential human resources management function. Find tips from Linda Graff.
What motivates New Zealanders to volunteer and what strategies could be adopted to recruit and retain them was the basis of research conducted by Jan Charbonneau and Mike Brennan from the Department of Marketing and Andrew Hercus from the School of Business, Christchurch College of Education.
This useful book extract contains tips for managing older volunteers, including managing those who are 'aging in place'
Volunteer Coordination in CDEM provides a broad overview of volunteer coordination, with a particular focus on CDEM-trained volunteers (community members who are registered, screened and trained during readiness), and spontaneous volunteers (who emerge during response).
A great English resource with many ideas, reports and programmes for volunteers
The website of the Department of Internal Affairs’ Community Advisory Services.
The national organisation for volunteering. Their site contains many links to other organisations, and useful information on volunteer management.
The site has a number of useful report and fact-sheets.
Emergency Management Australia. They have a number of useful resources regarding volunteering in the emergency management sector.
Canada's site for information on volunteering contains good resources and information for volunteer managers and volunteers.