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Community Response Groups

Are you interested in helping your community in an emergency?

We are looking for volunteers who are interested in helping their community prepare for and respond to an emergency. This could be a flood, earthquake, landslip, wildfire, severe storm or even a global pandemic.

Volunteers will be part of a new Community Response Group for their area. Groups will have a vital role in supporting their community during an emergency, especially in a big event when it may take some time for emergency responders to reach your community.

Volunteers may be involved in setting up a local centre to provide welfare support and checking in on vulnerable people. You do not need to have any special qualifications or experience. Volunteers will be offered training and groups will be supported by Emergency Management Otago and Queenstown Lakes District Council.

All you need is enthusiasm and a willingness to get involved.

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