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Emergency reserve volunteers

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Family in a flooded living room

Help us help your community in a time of crisis. Sign up today and become a registered volunteer.

What is an emergency reserve volunteer?

When an emergency occurs it is common to see a generous outpouring of public support and aid.

Whilst this support is highly valuable and appreciated, any response to a crisis needs to be properly co-ordinated and managed. Emergency reserve volunteers (ERVs) are the British Red Cross’ answer to this.

Instead of attempting to manage a variety of help offered by the public in an emergency situation, we aim to pre-register people like you. Then we can contact you if and when your help is needed. You will provide crucial support to our teams.

By signing up you will join our reserve force of volunteers, an invaluable resource when a major incident occurs

We do not expect any commitment when an emergency is over. You do not need any specialist skills. We ask only for your enthusiasm to help those in need.

What will I be doing?

Whilst we do prepare for all scenarios, we can never fully predict the demands of a crisis.

As an emergency reserve volunteer, you might be expected to:

  • fill sandbags
  • clear roads and paths
  • move furniture upstairs in houses before a flood
  • sort essential supplies and stock
  • carry out administrative roles
  • help our teams to carry equipment.

How much time do I need to commit?

There is no minimum volunteering commitment and you can leave the volunteer list at any time.

We expect to have to summon our emergency reserve volunteers around twice a year but it’s up to you whether you join us each time.

If you wish to sign up, you need to undertake a short training programme to ensure you stay safe. We will email you the training programme and you can do it online at your leisure.

Am I eligible?

To join us you must:

  • be 18 years old or over
  • live in the UK
  • have access to a phone that can send and receive SMS (text) messages
  • be fit enough to undertake basic manual tasks.

How do I apply?

It's easy. Just fill out the registration form and we will send you a confirmation email.

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