Louisiana Disaster Services

Disaster Services

Volunteer Louisiana collaborates with volunteers, non-profit organizations, and state and local officials to enhance emergency preparedness, response, and recovery efforts. In times of disaster, Volunteer Louisiana coordinates spontaneous, unaffiliated volunteers according to the state's emergency operations plan. Throughout the year, Volunteer Louisiana strengthens community resilience by providing skilled volunteer training, including Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT). These CERT teams are tailored to their specific communities and play a crucial role in disaster preparedness and response.

About Disaster Services

Volunteer Louisiana utilizes funding from AmeriCorps Volunteer Generation Fund to provide free skilled volunteer trainings through FEMA’s Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program. CERT is a national initiative to educate volunteers in disaster readiness and response in preparation for hazards that may impact their area. The Louisiana CERT program is conducted in partnership with the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP).


Volunteer Louisiana also supports Louisiana Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (LAVOAD), promotes involvement in regional VOADs, and is the statewide coordinating agency for Citizen Corps Council


Disaster Resources

GetaGamePlan.org  Make an Emergency Plan  Make an Emergency Kit  Ready.gov