Help Your Community Be Ready
Once you are fully prepared in the event of an emergency, how can you help others? There are many ways that citizens can volunteer to help the Orange County community become more prepared to meet future disasters.
Volunteers are the heart and soul of the American Red Cross. The Orange County chapter trains more than 35,000 people each year in disaster preparedness, and volunteers do everything from assisting the community in times of disaster to helping the headquarters run smoothly.
Consider volunteering your time and talents to one of these groups!
The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) provides news and information for teams highly trained with responding to incidents, riots, cell extractions, mass searches, and more. CERT offers a consistent, nationwide approach to volunteer training and organization that professional responders can rely on during disaster situations, allowing them to focus on more complex tasks.
Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service - RACES are Licensed Radio Amateurs that volunteer to serve their respective jurisdictions pursuant to guidelines and mandates established by local emergency management officials. RACES are available to assist jurisdictions to provide emergency communications support during emergencies an disasters
OC Fire Watch
Orange County Fire Watch Network volunteers are a dedicated group specially trained to deter arson activity, ensure early fire detection and provide public education about fire danger. Fire Watch volunteers are not trained as firefighters, but provide an important component to prevent destructive wildfires.
The mission of Collaborating Organizations Active in Disaster - Orange County (COAD-OC) is to establish and enhance partnerships among community-based, non-profits, faith based organizations and governmental organizations that will collaborate, communicate, and coordinate preparedness, response and recovery efforts for Orange County residents during times of disaster