Volunteer Opportunities

There are several ways you can volunteer to help your community be better prepared before, and respond to, a disaster. 

The organizations listed below are independent of Lane County Government. If you are interested in volunteering, please visit the websites listed below and contact the organizations in which you are interested.

Do not self-deploy. Seeing images of a 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.

There are also disaster preparedness trainings available to residents. Please see our Preparedness Training webpage for information.



The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations.

Red Cross

Volunteers carry out 90 percent of the humanitarian work of the Red Cross. The local chapter responds to disasters and emergencies in our community.


The mission of Lane County Community Organizations Active in Disaster (COAD) is to bring together a broad array of community organizations to foster an effective response to the people of Lane County in times of active disaster response. 



SERV-OR is Oregon’s roster of licensed physicians, nurses, pharmacists, Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs), behavioral health providers, respiratory therapists and others who have registered to volunteer in response to local, state, and/or federal emergencies.

Oregon Emergency Management Disaster Volunteers

OEM manages a list of people and agencies who are interested in volunteering or donating in times of disaster. 

Oregon VOAD

Oregon VOAD members respond to disasters in Oregon.

Trauma Intervention Program NW

volunteers provide emotional first aid to survivors of tragedy in order to ease their immediate suffering and facilitate their healing and long term recovery.


National VOAD

National VOAD promotes cooperation, communication, coordination and collaboration, and fosters more effective delivery of services to communities across the country affected by disaster.