*This Post will be updated as additional new information becomes available*
Interested in becoming a Disaster Recovery Volunteer?
First and Foremost, Be Prepared!
Before considering becoming a Disaster Recovery Volunteer, prepare yourself, your families, your neighbors and your organizations to be able to respond.
Register your interest to become a Disaster Recovery Volunteer by applying at Long Island Volunteer Center Volunteer Registration. Fill out your personal profile especially noting areas of expertise and appropriate credentials, training, or certifications. Once you are registered, disaster agencies and other health and human service organizations that are seeking volunteers to assist with response and recovery needs will review system referrals and reach out to you directly for help. You will also receive periodic emails throughout the disaster with current information and updates. If you have any questions about the process, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Below are links to important readiness guides and resources. Always remember it is important not to self-deploy to emergency locations; only trained and affiliated volunteers of disaster agencies that have been officially activated should be on-site. This will ensure there is no interference with first responders and the important job they need to accomplish.
Because we all know that the direction of these storms generally changes daily, please be sure to consult reputable tracking sites for the most current information, in particular, http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/
WBAB Hurricane Guide and Listen to Updates at WBAB 102.3 FM
Some suggested hurricane preparedness resources:
To become a Community Emergency Response Team volunteer:
To become a Medical Reserve Corps volunteer:
American Red Cross:
For LIPA Storm Center:
Make sure you stay informed during the storm. Register for broadcast text alerts by texting STORM to NGRID (64743)
Some great advice to unaffiliated, spontaneous volunteers from Howard County Volunteer Center:
Volunteers should NEVER deploy to the disaster area unless specifically connected to and requested by a locally receiving organization. Communities struggling to respond and recover can be overwhelmed by an influx of unexpected, unrequested and/or unneeded volunteers or donations. Enhance response and recovery efforts by keeping the following in mind:
Financial Contributions are Preferred. Financial donations help to avoid the labor and expense of sorting, packing, transporting and distributing donated goods. Relief agencies can use cash to meet identified needs of survivors more quickly while at the same time rebuilding the local economy. Learn more about donating to experienced disaster relief organizations at the website of the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (NVOAD) at www.nvoad.org.
Confirm the need and the destination BEFORE collecting anything. Potential donors should be wary of anyone who claims that “everything is needed.” Groups can be disappointed when the goods they’ve collected aren’t appreciated. Communities affected by disaster often do not have the time or resources to dispose of unneeded donations. Get precise information and confirm the need and destination before collecting any donated good. Better yet, remember that financial donations are preferred. If you would like to collect items, consider donating those items to local non-profit or governmental agencies.
Volunteer Wisely. In communities struggling to respond to and recover from disasters, an influx of unexpected, unrequested, and unneeded volunteers can seriously complicate response and recovery efforts. BEFORE TRAVELING TO THE AREA TO HELP, learn whether volunteers are needed, if local volunteers are preferred (to minimize needs for additional food, water, and shelter in an already challenged area), and if they are seeking specific skills. You can also:
Respond by volunteering locally with a local disaster relief organization or through the local volunteer center website to learn about a variety of volunteer opportunities available right here in our community.