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Disaster Assistance Resources


OregonServes Role in Disaster Volunteer Management

Oregon Serves is a partner in Oregon's Emergency Response Plan. We focus on:

  • Resource development
  • Volunteer coordination
  • Increasing support to communities
  • Expanding access to service

To learn more about our role in disaster response, visit our Emergency Response page.

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Need help organizing a disaster response group? Or wondering how to help with disaster recovery? Below are resources to coordinate volunteers and more during and after disasters.

Manage volunteers and donations during and after a disaster

‘Managing Spontaneous Volunteers’ - FEMA Guide

FEMA Tools to Recover - Volunteer and Donate

‘When Disaster Strikes, How to Donate or Volunteer Successfully’ – National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster

Oregon Department of Emergency Management (ODEM) State Training Program ODEM provides training services throughout the state.

Professional Development Series Set of seven independent study courses that provides a set of fundamentals for emergency management.

Serving people with disabilities during disasters

‘Recommendations for Emergency Managers for Improving the Delivery of Disaster Assistance to Disaster Survivors with Disabilities’ - US Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties

‘Making Community Emergency Preparedness and Response Programs Accessible to People with Disabilities’

Find or create a group to help with unmet needs after a disaster

‘Community-Based Organization Disaster Response Preparedness Toolkit’ - The Nonprofit Association of Oregon

Preparedness Training for Community-Based Organizations Self-guided training for community-based organizations to prepare for emergencies.

Community Emergency Response Team (CERT). CERT is a group of trained volunteers who help in community emergencies.

CERTs in Oregon

Surviving Cascadia – Salem, Oregon

Neighborhood Emergency Team (NET) Volunteer – Portland, Oregon

Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Training Become a CERT volunteer by completing online CERT Training.

Find a CERT Program

General Disaster Resources

‘Disaster Resources for Nonprofits’ - Nonprofit Association of Oregon


Oregon Department of Emergency Management Emergency Operations Plan

Are you Ready? Detailed information on how best to prepare for disasters.

A Guide for Alerts and Warnings


2022 National Household Survey on Disaster Preparedness Key findings on individual and community.

Beyond Checking the Boxes Findings of the 2019 Oregon Inclusive Emergency (ORIEP) Initiative Focus Group

National Preparedness Report

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