Volunteers are important in helping people and areas pull through after an emergency. Local, state and federal government agencies simply can’t give all the resources needed to help restore families to their pre-disaster condition. Coordination between the volunteer groups is key to making sure that all needs are met and services are not repeated.
There are many ways to get involved to help your area be ready for an emergency. With proper training and education, volunteers can expand the resources available to states and local areas.
Many groups, offer free public education, outreach and training. Some of those agencies are listed here. Choose one and get involved today!
- VolunteerNC provides information on disaster related and other volunteer opportunities, and how you can contribute.
- Community Emergency Response Team, or CERT, volunteers have basic disaster response skills such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization and disaster medical operations.
- The Civil Air Patrol - North Carolina Wing is a voluntary auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force that provides search and rescue services and other opportunities
- The American Red Cross offers CPR , basic first aid and ways to help with mass care and sheltering in your community and across the nation.
- Baptists on Mission are one of the largest volunteer agencies involved in North Carolina disaster relief
- Neighborhood Watch and Volunteers in Police Service help with community safety and security.
- Fire Corps volunteers support local fire departments.
- Many other ways to volunteer can be found through Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster.