Take action in the community by joining and training with volunteer organizations now, so that you will be ready to help with recovery after disaster strikes.
The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program offers a consistent, nationwide approach to volunteer training and organization that professional responders can rely on during a disaster situation. Search for a program, register your group, and stay connected in your neighborhood! Find out more here.
The National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD) is an association of organizations that mitigate and alleviate the impact of disasters. This association provides a forum promoting cooperation, communication, coordination and collaboration, and fosters more effective delivery of services to communities affected by disaster.
The National VOAD coalition includes over 50 of the country's most reputable national organizations (faith-based, community-based and other non-governmental organizations) and 55 State/Territory VOADs, which represent Local/Regional VOADs and hundreds of other member organizations throughout the country.
A wide range of services can be provided through a VOAD to affected residents, regardless of federal assistance. Some examples of services that have been provided to the Williamson County community include, but are not limited to:
- Debris removal from homes or property including in streams and creeks
- Removal of drywall, flooring and other affected items
- Mold remediation
- Downed tree removal
It is important not to self-deploy to disaster areas. Until a need has been identified and the local community impacted has requested support, volunteers should not enter. Be sure to affiliate with existing voluntary organizations before coming to the disaster area, and that organization has been asked to respond.
If you are interested in volunteering through a VOAD, visit the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster website at nvoad.org.
Volunteer Fire Services
Williamson Fire-Rescue is staffed by volunteer professionals. That means that virtually none of our firefighters are paid for their services! This is an excellent way to give back to your community.
Volunteer applications are accepted all the time and no prior training is required, all training is provided by the county. More information about applying and answers to common questions are available on the Volunteer Firefighter page.