As part of the state’s Emergency Operations Plan, Volunteer Louisiana helps coordinate unaffiliated volunteers statewide in times of disaster. Volunteer Louisiana can also assist in tracking volunteer hours which can be used for FEMA matching.

Volunteers have become vital to disaster response and recovery. You can help to reduce the impact of disasters by being prepared and getting involved:

  • Follow professional recommendations and resist the urge to self-deploy. Self-deployment can interfere with response and recovery efforts
  • Sign-up with and receive emails of opportunities in your area and statewide
  • Follow us on FB and Twitter to get up-to-date information, and visit our website frequently for updates.
  • If you would like to help more in times of disaster, consider joining a local FEMA Community Emergency Response Team. You can learn more about FEMA CERT at

Monetary donations to recognized organizations are the biggest needs in times of disaster.

Why donate money instead of goods?

  • Cash donations help to avoid the labor and expense of sorting, packing, transporting and distributing donated goods.

  • Voluntary relief agencies use cash to meet individual needs more quickly.

  • Purchasing relief supplies available in the impacted community helps the local economy to recover more quickly.

  • A community hit by a disaster will not have the time, manpower or money to store or dispose of unneeded donations.

Donating money to disaster relief organizations

We encourage you to donate to those local organizations in your community that are assisting in disaster response and recovery. You might also donate to any of the agencies that are members of LAVOAD, Louisiana Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters. Please contact the individual LAVOAD member organizations in the link below to learn how to donate to their disaster recovery efforts.

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