Helping others in an emergency


The voluntary sector is a great source of help to the emergency services. There are many organisations you can join, including:

If you are interested in finding out about volunteering in your area here are some good resources you can use:

Become a flood warden

We need flood wardens to play a key role in helping communities prepare for, respond to, and recover from flooding.

As a flood warden you will be a vital link between your community and those responsible for dealing with flooding events. You will forge strong links within your community, and be critical when building community resilience.

Volunteering as a flood warden can be a great way to get to know people in your local area.

If you would like to know more about becoming a flood warden, contact your local town or parish council to see if they operate a flood warden scheme.

Help a neighbour

In many emergencies some members of the community may be more vulnerable than others, so it is good to know your neighbours.

For example, the elderly, very young or disabled are more vulnerable to extreme heat and cold.

You should always ensure you and your family are safe first. However, helping your friends and neighbours is also important and can save lives.

Checking that someone is well, providing extra blankets, collecting supplies for them or even having a chat can make a huge difference.

You may also be able to helm them apply for priority services with their utility providers or create a community emergency plan.