Spontaneous Volunteers are community members who volunteer in one-off events to support the NSW SES during emergencies.
As a spontaneous volunteer, you are volunteering to assist your community without a long term commitment. You could assist with a range of roles including (but not limited to):
- Protecting properties from flooding
- Assisting residents prepare for severe weather events
- Answering phones and providing administrative support
- Assisting with a logistical role to support our teams in the field
- Clearing debris and cleaning up after storms
- Providing information and updates to local residents
When your local SES Unit is in need of extra resources to assist in operational response for severe weather events, calls for assistance are made by Units via social media, so please stay tuned to your local Unit’s Facebook page for further information and calls to action. You can also stay informed and follow our NSW SES social media feeds (Facebook or Twitter).=
Hear from Lachlan Costello, a spontaneous volunteer with NSW SES:
How do I get involved?
The NSW SES continues to use spontaneous volunteers in our emergency response efforts across the state. Spontaneous Volunteers no longer need to pre-register prior to an event.
Spontaneous volunteering is most useful when community members step up in response to a current event. This way we know people are ready, willing and available to assist right then and there. We are able to onboard people with a quick registration and safety induction process at the time of the event. When spontaneous volunteers are required, further information will be distributed through the NSW SES website and social media channels.
Stay informed and follow our social media feeds (Facebook or Twitter).
Spontaneous Volunteer Induction
Ready to get involved? At the start of your involvement with the NSW SES, you will be shown this induction video so you can stay safe and have a great experience.