North Carolina Disasters


Immediately after a disaster, many people want to help. Get trained and register in advance so you can help.

Volunteer for your local fire or EMS department. As a Fire Corps volunteer, you can expect to assist your department in a non-emergency role. North Carolina Fire Corps locations are all over the state.

Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT) require training to educate individuals about disaster preparedness and basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. There are local trainings available. Learn and register now, before the disaster hits, so that you know exactly how to help others. If additional volunteers are needed immediately after a disaster, the Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service (VolunteerNC) will provide a message to the media that will include instructions on how volunteers can register to help. In addition, check our Volunteer Opportunities page for links of posted volunteer needs.

Weeks, months and years after a disaster, volunteers are still needed. In North Carolina there are many counties in need of restoration volunteers right now. For volunteer opportunities related to disaster restoration, please visit NC Volunteer Organizations Active in Disasters (NCVOAD).