Disaster Volunteers

 

VOLUNTEERING

Do not self deploy - Seeing images of disaster may compel you to head to the impacted area. Don’t underestimate the complexity of working in a disaster area. Until a need has been identified and the local community impacted has requested support, volunteers should not enter.  Wait until it is safe to travel to volunteer sites and opportunities have been identified.

Affiliate with Existing Organizations Immediately following a disaster, a community can become easily overwhelmed by the amount of generous people who want to help. Contacting and affiliating with an established organization will help to ensure that you are appropriately trained and supported to respond in the most effective way.

Be patient. Recovery lasts a lot longer than the media attention. There will be volunteer needs for many months, often years, after the disaster – especially when the community enters the long-term recovery period.

 

Volunteer Opportunties (updated frequently)

Western Iowa

Statewide