Hurricane Isaac

Points of Light continues to work with Volunteer Louisiana and the Mississippi Service Commission on the volunteer response to Hurricane Isaac. Those seeking volunteer opportunities in Louisiana can visit Volunteer Louisiana or HandsOn New Orleans to register, those in Mississippi can visit the United Way of South Mississippi.

Overview

HandsOn Volunteer Centers can point proudly to their role in the disaster response support and the growing importance of volunteers in this arena over the last decade. HandsOn Volunteer Centers and other volunteer connector organizations have become critical players in the field of emergency management and are designated as lead agencies for disaster volunteer coordination in many local communities and states.

From tornadoes to hurricanes HandsOn Network, Our Volunteer Centers and our partners have learned a lot about managing volunteers in times of disaster.

  • If we didn’t know it before, we know it now . . . volunteers will come! And they will come, whether we are ready or not.
  • Many people have a strong psychological need to volunteer in a disaster. They find that acting on the desire to help, in what can feel like a hopeless situation, is empowering.
  • Volunteers who have not previously affiliated with a disaster response agency represent a tremendous resource for a community that’s been hit with a disaster. When volunteers are well-coordinated, everyone benefits.
  • A strong pre-disaster partnership between a HandsOn Volunteer Center and local government for spontaneous volunteer coordination translates to more effective response and recovery.
  • More than ever, we have seen the importance of volunteers as a resource to serve the most vulnerable people in our communities.
  • Check out what our Volunteer Centers are currently doing relating to disasters.



HandsOn Network’s work focuses on the fact that “all disasters are local.” Our strength comes from the efforts of our Action Centers in three distinct areas:

  • Spontaneous unaffiliated volunteer management (SUVs) and in managing Volunteer Reception Centers (VRCs) in times of disaster
  • Defining non-profit needs in times of disaster and matching volunteers to those needs
  • Large-scale project execution as part of long-term recovery

 
Ready to Respond
HandsOn Network published Ready to Respond in 2009 that shared information and guidance to better prepare communities for emergencies and for the convergence of spontaneous volunteers.

This free resource is full of helpful information and guidance to make your community better prepared for emergencies and for the convergence of unaffiliated volunteers.

Download the PDF here
 

In the News

September 12, 2021
 
HandsOn Network Affiliates along the Gulf Coast are continuing to coordinate the volunteer response for Hurricane Isaac.
 

The Volunteer Center of Metro United Way 

Volunteer Reception Center

 Monroe Township Volunteer Fire Department

 315 S. Ferguson St.  2nd floor – enter through back door

 Henryville, IN 47126

 Phone number is still: 502. 599-8557.

 Website is www.march2recovery.org

 

Please click on the following links to register your interest or to find a volunteer opportunity.

Volunteer Center of South Mississippi
 
 
 

Action Center Updates

September 12, 2021

 
HandsOn Network Affiliates along the Gulf Coast are continuing to coordinate the volunteer response for Hurricane Isaac.
 

The Volunteer Center of Metro United Way 

Volunteer Reception Center

 Monroe Township Volunteer Fire Department

 315 S. Ferguson St.  2nd floor – enter through back door

 Henryville, IN 47126

 Phone number is still: 502. 599-8557.

 Website is www.march2recovery.org

 

Please click on the following links to register your interest or to find a volunteer opportunity.

Volunteer Center of South Mississippi
 

 

 

Tools/Resources

GetHandsOn Campaign: Good & Ready

Good & Ready is an on-line and on-the-ground emergency preparedness engagement initiative led by Points of Light working with core partners including Ready.gov, the American Red Cross and the Federal Alliance for Safe Homes. Good & Ready is evolving into a year-long platform focused on engaging people to prepare themselves, their families and communities, with a specific and important emphasis on increasing youth and family engagement.

Below are Volunteer Leader Project Play Guides to help develop your preparedness or mitigation project with your family, friends, neighbors or community.

 

2012 Disaster Webinar Series - Community Preparedness Webinar by Marcus Coleman, FEMA

2011 Disaster Webinar Series - Brought to you by KPMG

 

2010 Disaster Webinar Series - Brought to you by KPMG

 

HandsOn Resources

 

National Resources

 

Community Resources

  • State Homeland Security and Emergency Services. Links to homeland security and public safety Web sites from the states and the District of Columbia.

  • Locate In-Person Services Near You. USA.gov has an extensive list resources to help you find government offices and services near you, in your local community or state.
  • American Hometowns - Cities, Counties and Towns. USA.gov has a list of localities that you can use to find local resources.
  • State and Local Agencies and Offices, by Topic. USA.gov has a list of state and local agencies and offices.
  • National Mail Service Updates. Change your address online and find current service disruptions from the U.S. Postal Service.
  • Emergency Watershed Protection Program. The Emergency Watershed Protection Program was set up by Congress to respond to emergencies created by natural disasters. It is designed to relieve imminent hazards to life and property caused by floods, fires, windstorms, and other natural occurrences. You may qualify through your community.
  • Community Development Resources. Rural community development resources compiled by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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