Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer for Emergency Management

Story County Emergency Management works on a daily basis with volunteers and volunteer organizations throughout Story County. Volunteer service, whether it be for the Coalition for Disaster Recovery, Central Iowa RSVP, local fire departments and first responders, or other volunteer organizations active in disaster, is always needed in Story County.

Story County Coalition For Disaster Recovery

The Story County Coalition for Disaster Recovery (CDR) is committed to fostering cooperation, coordination, communication, and collaboration between civic groups, faith-based organizations, human services, businesses, and local government.

The mission of the CDR is to strengthen the public's disaster preparedness and increase resound capacity by:

  • Identifying ahead of time the organizations that can provide services and/or resources during a disaster response and recovery
  • Clarifying roles and responsibilities between our partnering organizations and reducing duplication of service
  • Providing an organized system for seeking assistance for clients with verified unmet needs
  • Providing a review process for the distribution of resources to those who have unmet needs after all other resources are exhausted

CDR is officially registered as a Citizen Corps and is sponsored by Story County Emergency Management. If your organization would like a presentation or is interested in supporting the mission contact the Story County CDR by email or through the EMA office at 515-382-7315.

Preregister For Volunteer Service

As Story County starts the winter thaw and the rains return, the rivers begin to rise. The need for trained volunteers is crucial in the event of any disaster. Trained volunteers are the backbone of a community responding and recovering from a disaster.

Central Iowa RSVP Volunteer Management for Disasters, are preregistering volunteers to respond in Story County. There are many areas in which a person can choose to volunteer. Areas where volunteers are needed include sandbagging, debris cleanup, communications, and public health clinics. Please contact Central Iowa RSVP Volunteer Coordinator at 515-292-8890 to register.

Fire Department Volunteers

Do you have some time to volunteer in your community? Do you have an interest in giving back to your community? Do you have an interest in firefighting or Emergency Medical Services (EMS)?

If you answered yes to these questions, we want you to volunteer. Local fire departments and first responder groups are looking for volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering, contact your local City Hall or Emergency Management.