During emergencies, Volunteer Mississippi/Mississippi Commission for Volunteer Service (MCVS) assists the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) by coordinating unaffiliated volunteer assistance and donations management to support communities affected by disasters.
When requested by a County EMA, MCVS through the Mississippi Hub Network, can assist in the activation of Volunteer Response Centers (VRCs). VRCs serve multiple functions for local communities and for the individuals and organizations mediating disaster aftermath. VRCs act as registration and deployment points for unaffiliated volunteers, coordinating requests for assistance from affected residents with the skills and resources of participating voluntary groups.
MCVS works closely with the MS chapter of Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (MSVOAD), MEMA, national disaster response organizations, and local groups and citizens to coordinate available resources, matching skills and capacities with the people who need them most.
Volunteers should never self-deploy to a disaster-stricken area, and MCVS encourages those who want to prepare to volunteer after a disaster to seek training from a recognized VOAD member organization in advance. For more information on MSVOAD, or to become a volunteer with a VOAD organization, please E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.