Disaster Volunteers

Emergency Preparedness & Response Program

Many local organizations need your help in preparing for and responding to emergencies and disasters in the community. Volunteers are a large part of most community responses through pre-disaster response training, donations, and knowledge of local resources. Do your part in creating a more resilient community.


There are many ways to get involved, especially before a disaster occurs. The whole community can participate in programs and activities to make their families, homes and communities safer from risks and threats. Community leaders agree the formula for ensuring a safer homeland consists of volunteers, a trained and informed public, and increased support of emergency response agencies during disasters. Major disasters can overwhelm first responder agencies, empowering individuals to lend their support.

Become Involved: Plan with neighbors to help each other and share resources

  • Map Your Neighborhood (MYN)
  • Local Emergency Management Offices
  • Search & Rescue Organizations
  • Amateur Radio Clubs
  • Citizen Corps:
    • Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT)
    • Fire Corps
    • National Neighborhood Watch
    • Medical Reserve Corps (MRC)
    • Volunteers in Police Services (VIPS)
    • Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS): AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, Learn & Serve America