Ready2Go Background

Ready2Go helps vulnerable and isolated people who require extra support to remain in the community they love with the assistance of a trained volunteer who checks on them to ensure they are safe and hydrated on extreme weather days as well as early relocation if they desire.

Ready2Go is an important program which began in the Eastern Dandenong Ranges region in Victoria, an area known for its vibrant communities and history of catastrophic bushfires and storms.

In September 2016 Echo launched a Community Manual designed to assist other communities to develop Ready2Go in their area. Echo Youth and Family Services received recognition at the Fire Awareness Awards on December 1st, 2016, with the Ready2Go Program winning the Access and Inclusion Award and the RACV Insurance Excellence Award for community programs. Ready2Go also received a State Highly Commended at the 2016 Resilient Australia Awards.

Ready2Go Victoria

Echo Youth and Family Services were successful in securing funding to expand the Ready2Go Program across Victoria. The Victorian project is jointly funded by Gandel Philanthropy and by Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation through the Eldon and Anne Foote trust. In cooperation with Emergency Management Victoria we are expanding the Ready2Go program to a further 10 communities across Victoria over the next two years.

If your community would be interested in starting the program in your area, please complete the contact form here.

If your organisation is ready to apply for Ready2Go Victoria, please complete your application here or email us at

Ready2Go - Current Communities

Ready2Go currently supports the townships of Cockatoo, Cann River, Apollo Bay and Koo Wee Rup in partnership with a range of supporting groups and organisations.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer you must have a full driver's license, a registered car with comprehensive insurance and be willing to obtain a Police Check and Working with Children Check. Training is provided for all volunteers. For more information or to request an application form please email

If you or someone you know may benefit from this program, or would like to know more about program in your area, please contact us on email or phone (03)5968 4460.