Volunteer Centers work with non-profit organizations to develop internal disaster response plans, as well as external community support in the event of a disaster or large-scale emergency.

When an emergency arises, a group of community volunteers is coordinated through a Volunteer Mobilization Center (VMC), which serves as a clearinghouse for emergency resources and needs.

Volunteers offering help in response to announcements from the Office of Emergency Management would be interviewed, registered and are referred to emergency/disaster related volunteer duties requested by agencies throughout Maryland.

If you would like to learn more about emergency planning in your county or to register to be an emergency response volunteer, click here to find the Volunteer Center in your area.