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Emergency response volunteering

In an emergency you’ll be there to help when someone needs it most. Whether you’re reassuring someone after a fire or organising food for a flooded community, you’ll provide vital assistance day or night.


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I get great satisfaction from helping people to think straight again at a time of crisis and looking after their needs – even if it’s just a cup of tea.”
Volunteer Monty Wild

Typical roles include:

Emergency response volunteer

In an emergency such as a transport incident, evacuation, flood or fire, you’ll be there to help. You’ll support the emergency services at a rest centre, or provide first aid or transport assistance. You could also provide practical and emotional help to people who have suddenly found themselves homeless following a fire, evacuation, industrial accident or flood.

Emergency response support volunteer

Help provide vital administrative and logistical support to a Red Cross team during a major incident or disaster.


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Emergency response stories

We helped the Dawes family after their house caught fire. Their neighbours were so impressed by our volunteers they even raised money to help fund our work.

When a water pipe burst, an elderly couple were beside themselves with worry – until our volunteers arrived.

Disaster Fund

Help the Red Cross prepare for disasters. Your donation will be used in the UK or overseas.

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