Volunteering for a Disaster

There are many ways you can volunteer before, during, and after a disaster. Visit the following voluntary agencies and learn more about volunteer opportunities within their organization.

American Red Cross

image The American Red Cross helps people involved in emergencies every day, whether it's a half a million disaster victims or one sick child who needs blood. Our vital work is made possible by people like you, who learn how good if can feel to lend a helping hand. 

  • Learn more and Become a Volunteer
  • See what volunteer opportunities are available in your area by checking here

The Salvation Army

Salvation Army

From its inception, The Salvation Army has relied heavily on volunteers in all of its programs. Often referred to as “the army behind The Army," volunteers play a crucial role in The Salvation Army's ability to strengthen and extend its services throughout the community.

Volunteers are valuable assets in The Salvation Army's efforts to meet the changing needs of our community. Through the skills and experience they bring to The Army, volunteers make significant contributions not only in terms of time, but also in terms of the impact on the lives of those they assist.


image After the attacks of September 11, people around the country asked "How can I help"? Citizen Corps was created to answer that question. Citizen Corps provides a variety of volunteer opportunities to meet people's interests and experience.To learn more about Citizen Corps



Minnesota Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (MNVOAD), is the counterpart for the state of Minnesota to National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (NVOAD).

During times of disaster, MNVOAD member organizations independently provide a variety of relief and recovery services to victims. MNVOAD facilitates improved service delivery by fostering cooperation, coordination, communication and collaboration (the 4 Cs) between voluntary agencies, government and the greater community.

Are you and Organization that would like to partner with MN VOAD?

Would you like to become a volunteer?


image When the severe weather sirens sound do you:

  1. Run to the basement, turn on your TV or radio for further information?
  2. Run to the front porch with video camera in hand?

If you run to the porch you may be a great candidate for weather spotting through SkyWarn. Although SkyWarn is advertised as an amateur radio program it is open to all people interested in amateur radio and weather spotting.

For more information check out the Metro SkyWarn website or National Weather Service website on the SkyWarn program

Contact Saint Paul Emergency Management for training schedules within the city. 651-266-5494