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How can you help?  Be prepared.

When disaster strikes, unaffiliated/spontaneous volunteers who want to help will often travel from all over the country to assist their neighbors, friends, and even complete strangers. Yet without a plan, these much needed volunteers can cause complications with rescue response efforts.  Register as a disaster response volunteer so you can be contacted when a call for volunteers is issued.

Volunteer Iowa's Role in Disaster Response

Our role is to help in the coordination of Spontaneous Unaffiliated Volunteers and help support the efforts of state and federal relief organizations and VOADS.

What is a Spontaneous Unaffiliated Volunteer?

A Spontaneous Unaffiliated Volunteer or SUV is a person that has not received formal disaster response training from any state organization or any agency active in disaster relief. These people are crucial in the response of a disaster.