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One of the best ways to help your community before disaster strikes is to volunteer your time with an organization involved in disaster preparedness, response and recovery.  In our community there is a wide array of such opportunities.  Perhaps you might help at the Food Bank, become a Volunteer in Police Service, or train to be a CERT member. Visit some of the sites below to learn more, or contact our office for information.


The Southern Arizona Community Organizations Active in Disaster (COAD) is a humanitarian association of independent community organizations who work together to foster efficient, streamlined, service delivery to people and communities affected by disaster. Groups such as the American Red Cross of Southern Arizona and the Community Food Bank participate in the COAD in order to share resources to make sure  people in Pima County can be better prepared for, and recover from disasters that strike close to home.

Vist the Southern Arizona COAD and click on the Disaster link.

Citizen Corps Program
The mission of the Citizen Corps is to harness the power of every individual through education, training and volunteer service to make communities safer, stronger, and better prepared to response to the threats of terrorism, crime, public health issues, and disaster of all kinds.

The Citizen Corps mission is accomplished through a national network of state, local and tribal Citizen Corps Councils. These councils build on community strength to implement the Citizen Corps preparedness program and carry out a local strategy to involve government, community leaders, and citizens in all-hazards preparedness and resilience.

Citizen Corps asks you to embrace the personal responsibility to be prepared, to get training in first aid and emergency skills, and to volunteer to support local emergency responders, disaster relief, and community safety.

To do so, visit the link below for more information on how to get involved.

In addition, learn more about the Citizen Corps Partner Programs in your area by visiting the links below.

Community Emergency Response Teams

  • Greater Green Valley CERT
  • Oro Valley CERT
  • Pantano Christian
  • Teams in Arizona
  • Tucson
  • CERT - State Directory
  • CERT - page on FEMA Website

    National Disaster Volunteering
    To get involved on a national level, consider volunteering with AmeriCorps or another component of the Corporation for National & Community Service or the Points of Light Network.

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