A new handbook for those who work with spontaneous volunteers in emergencies has been released by the Australian Institute for Disaster Resilience (AIDR).
The Communities Responding to Disasters: Planning for Spontaneous Volunteers Handbook is useful for those in volunteering agencies who have a role or responsibility in helping communities following a disaster, and who may have community members volunteer their efforts when a disaster hits.
The handbook describes principles and policies agencies can adopt to help support and coordinate spontaneous volunteers, and provides guiding questions, case studies, strategies and advice to enable these principles to be put into practice.
The new handbook can be accessed and downloaded for use at: https://knowledge.aidr.org.au/collections/handbook-collection/
AIDR are holding a clinic to provide guidance on applying the principles to plan for spontaneous volunteers in disasters as outlined in the handbook in Melbourne on 26th March. For more information and to register: