Disaster Response Volunteers
In times of disaster, United Way of Johnson & Washington Counties provides volunteer coordination and resources to aid in relief and recovery efforts. Long-term recovery from disasters takes time, money, volunteers and strong partnerships, and we stand ready to facilitate providing resources to those who need it most.
United Way has a special role in the event of a disaster to provide management for volunteers of all ages during a disaster. Trained volunteers assist with a non-emergency Disaster Call Center and staff the Emergency Volunteer Center.
- Register, interview and match spontaneous disaster volunteers to appropriate assignments
- Provide information to residents as needed
- Provide safety briefings as needed
- Record hours and track volunteer data
- Duties do not include strenuous physical activity
- Ability to work with people
- Honest and reliable
- Upon completion of the training, EVC Volunteers are asked for a one year commitment to respond to a disaster need in Johnson County
Disaster Response volunteers are pre-trained in order to better handle their responsibilities when disaster strikes. All volunteers receive Training for both the Emergency Volunteer Center and Disaster Call Center. Based on interest, volunteers may then take additional training for Supervisory and Leadership roles.
Drills and exercises are conducted annually so volunteers can stay sharp and ready-to-serve when called upon.