Disaster Emergency Agencies

First Responders - Emergency AgenciesEmergency and relief agencies play a major role when disasters occur.   Federal, state-wide, and local volunteer organizations all offer important resources for disaster preparedness and recovery.

Public Assistance Listings by Agency and Program

Website:  www.disasterassistance.gov

This List of Public Assistance Agencies and Programs Adobe PDF Download icon is provided by Disaster Assistance.gov.  You will find many assistance programs you may not be aware of, many offer assistance for specific needs such as farm operating loans, tribal assistance, or legal needs.

Federal Emergency Management Association (FEMA)

Website:  www.fema.gov

Are You Ready for a Disaster? An In-depth Guide to Citizen Preparedness
View this comprehensive book regarding disaster preparedness and recovery provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

American Red Cross

Website:  www.redcross.org

Video: The American Red Cross Shares How They Support Communities in Need After A Fire

Video:  The American Red Cross Shares Relief Efforts Needed After the 2008 Hurricanes


The Salvation Army

Website:  www.salvationarmyusa.org

Video:  The Salvation Army Remembers Hurricane Katrina


National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD)

Website:  www.nvoad.org

Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD) Resource Directory for California Adobe PDF Download icon
This directory from the California VOAD at www.calvoad.org is a comprehensive list of non-profit disaster aid organizations in California with their contact info. State VOADs carry out the national agencies goals to “foster more effective service to people affected by disaster through cooperation, coordination, communication and collaboration”.

Long Term Recovery Manual by The National VOAD Adobe PDF Download icon
This 92-page manual provided by National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters is a useful guide for those who are experiencing disaster in a community and are thinking to the days, weeks, months, perhaps years of recovery.  It includes a comprehensive membership list and contact information for organizations that offer disaster relief.


California Volunteers:  Disaster Corps

Website:  californiavolunteers.org

California Volunteers:  Disaster Corps
The California Volunteer Disaster Corps, helps to professionalize, standardize and coordinate highly trained disaster volunteers statewide. California Volunteers developed the Disaster Corps program and the Disaster Volunteer Resource Inventory (DVRI) in partnership with California Emergency Management Agency (CalEMA) to integrate volunteer resources into the state’s emergency management system.


Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)

Website:  www.citizencorps.gov/cert/

CERT in Action
When a major disaster occurs, first responders who provide fire and medical services may not be able to meet the demand for these services due to factors related to the disaster. A Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) helps cover the gap between untrained “good citizen” disaster support and trained emergency personnel. This CERT website provides a video introduction to the CERT concept for those who may be interested in the program, or for new program participants.

CERT Training: Safety in the After-Disaster Environment
On this website, you will find a safety training video provided by CERT at http://www.citizencorps.gov/cert/ intended as a supplement to CERT training for work in disaster areas. It describes the types of hazards that are often more critical after a disaster.


The Humane Society of the United States

Website: www.humanesociety.org

The Humane Society of the United States is the nation’s largest animal protection organization, backed by 11 million Americans. We work to reduce suffering and improve the lives of all animals by advocating for better laws; investigating animal cruelty; encouraging corporations to adopt animal-friendly policies; conducting disaster relief and animal rescue; and providing direct care for thousands of animals at our sanctuaries, emergency shelters, wildlife rehabilitation centers, and mobile veterinary clinics.