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Frequently Asked Questions - Volunteer Tips
FEMA is advising people who want to help survivors to do so through affiliation with the voluntary organizations that are active in the ongoing disaster operations. More information on volunteering and donations can be found at www.fema.gov/volunteer-donate-responsibly.
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.
Do not self deploy until a need has been identified and the local community impacted has requested support. Wait until it is safe to travel to volunteer sites and opportunities have been identified. Once assigned a position, make sure you have been given an assignment and are wearing proper safety gear for the task.
Volunteer with a non-profit organization and be trained before the next event to find meaningful volunteer opportunities following a disaster. There are many organizations and faith-based groups in your community that have active disaster programs and need volunteers. These groups offer a wide range of services following a disaster: