Get Involved...

Many of the tips on the Aware Prepare page are designed to help you and your household. Here's what you can do to help your community recover from all kinds of emergencies.

Become A Volunteer

  • It is best to affiliate with a recognized disaster volunteer organization such as the American Red Cross, New York Cares or The Salvation Army or join CERT before a disaster happens. Getting involved with a disaster volunteer organization before an emergency will increase your ability to help when help is needed.
  • After a disaster, before going directly to volunteer at a relief organization, hospital or a disaster site, wait for instructions from local officials, or check with specific organizations.
  • Be patient. In the immediate disaster response period there are often many people waiting to volunteer. There may be a greater need for volunteers during the recovery period, weeks and months after disaster strikes.
  • To learn about additional disaster preparedness volunteer opportunities, see the Citizen Corps information page.

Be sure to visit the New Yorkers Volunteer website to find volunteer opportunities near you!