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Creating your Household Emergency Plan and making an Emergency Kit are two simple things you can do to make sure that you and your family are ready for the unexpected.

Volunteering takes this a step further, and allows you to help others in your community, while learning new skills and building friendships.

Whether it's providing practical, medical or emotional support, or assisting with search and rescue or transport services, our voluntary organisations make a huge contribution during emergencies.  

28% of adults in Scotland - that's over 1.26 million people - have volunteered formally through an organisation or group in the last year.


Organisations such as the British Red Cross, Salvation Army, RNLI, Citizens Advice Scotland, Scottish Mountain Rescue and other specialist search and rescue teams as well as local groups including food banks, welfare and health support groups, and community councils are always in need of committed volunteers.

Go directly to organisations that interest you or sign up to Volunteer Scotland to register your skills and interests and see what organisations match with you.

Emergency services

Volunteer, reserve and retained posts with the emergency services are incredibly important to the safety and security of local communities.

You could become a Community First Responder with Scottish Ambulance Services, a Retained Fire Fighter with the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, a Special Constable with Police Scotland or a volunteer Coastguard Rescue Officer.

Specialist skills, vehicles or machinery to share?

The Community Asset Register is a Scotland-wide database of volunteers willing to help during an emergency. The database plots assets on a map so if an emergency incident occurs we can identify those who could help. Assets can be people with specialist skills and experience or equipment including 4x4 vehicles, boats, search and rescue, first aid and rope skills.