Volunteers in Disaster

Should disaster strike in Columbia and Boone County, there will be many who wish to volunteer and many opportunities for volunteers to assist in the response.

The best way to prepare to help following a disaster is to be trained and affiliate with a group associated with an agency. The Medical Reserve Corps (MRC), CERT with the Columbia Fire Department and the Columbia Police Volunteers are all examples of other ways you can volunteer now to help following a future emergency.

To learn more about volunteering in disaster, contact Leigh Kottwitz,  Neighborhood Services Manager for the City of Columbia at 874-7504 or volunteer@CoMo.gov.

Disaster Volunteer Management Plan for Columbia/Boone County:

Word PDF Includes organizational chart and position descriptions for managing volunteers following disaster, including details for the Volunteer Reception Center.

Volunteer Reception Center Documents from Volunteer Florida:

The State Emergency Management Agency Web site may also be of interest in disaster response. Visit Their Site