During emergencies, Volunteer Mississippi is the state agency responsible for coordinating volunteer efforts and donations management. Designated by the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) to coordinate volunteer assistance to communities affected by disasters, Volunteer Mississippi can activate Volunteer Response Centers (VRCs), serving multiple functions for local communities and for the individuals and organizations mediating disaster aftermath.

Volunteer Response Centers act as registration and deployment points for volunteers, coordinating requests for assistance from affected residents with the skills and resources of 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 on the group, matching skills and capacities with the people who need them most.

In preparation for possible major flooding along the Mississippi River in the coming weeks, we opened an online portal that allows interested volunteers to pre-register for possible deployment. This method helps to ensure that volunteer deployment is safe and efficient. Pre-registering with us will provide you with access to up-to-date information concerning when and where volunteers are needed the most.

If you or your organization is interested in pre-registering for deployment, please register at http://bit.ly/DisasterInterest.

For more information, please contact Volunteer Mississippi at 601-432-6779.