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Volunteering Group


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!

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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.


Volunteers in Police Services (VIPS) Programs provides support and resources for law enforcement agencies VIPS representatives supplement existing departmental services, freeing paid employees to perform their necessary duties

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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

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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.

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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

American Red Cross

The American Red Cross is a humanitarian organization that provides emergency preparedness resources and disaster relief. The Orange County chapter also trains more than 35,000 people each year in preparedness, safety classes.

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OneOC’s mission is to accelerate nonprofit success. We are committed to making nonprofits in Orange County as efficient and effective as they are passionate about their missions.

California Volunteers

California Volunteers is led by the state of California’s Chief Service Officer. This state office manages and encourages volunteer programs and works to connect volunteers to their favorite causes.  

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Medical Reserve Corps

The Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) is a national network of more than 200,000 volunteers, organized locally to improve the health and safety of their communities. MRC volunteers step up to keep their family, friends, and neighbors safe and healthy.

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