When disaster strikes, volunteers respond
Following the 2008 flood, individuals volunteered approximately 564,552 hours to help clean up and rebuild the community. We need volunteers in disaster situations like the flood.
When a disaster strikes, emergency management and nonprofit organizations respond. The Linn Area Partners Active in Disaster (LAP-AID) is the community organization that activates when a disaster takes place in Linn County.
United Way of East Central Iowa currently leads the Volunteer Coordination team by managing and engaging volunteers to respond to disaster. Through this team effort, United Way works to maximize human resources in preparation, response, and recovery.
Volunteers are trained annually to set up and manage an Emergency Volunteer Center (EVC). When a disaster strikes, this team will manage the unaffiliated volunteers that often respond to disasters. EVC trainings are held in the fall and winter with an annual activation taking place in the spring. If you are interested in becoming an EVC volunteer, learn more here.