Get Involved

There are many ways that you can get involved- especially before a disaster. You can participate in programs and activities to make your family, home, and communities safer and more prepared. 

If a major disaster occurs and overwhelms first response agencies, trained volunteers that are affiliated with an organization can play important roles in disaster response and recovery.

Here are a few ways that you can help:

  • Inform others. 
  • Teach friends, family and coworkers about getting prepared, staying informed, and getting involved.
  • Volunteer. Please contact the organization for more information
    • Southern Maine Community Organizations Active in Disaster (SMCOAD)
    • Cumberland County Animal Response Team (CCART)
    • Cumberland County Medical Reserve Corps (MRC)
    • Wireless Society of Southern Maine (WSSM)
    • Midcoast Amateur Radio Society (Midcoast ARES)
  • Help your neighbors.
  • Start a community preparedness project. More information at Serve.Gov.
  • Be an Informed Citizen.
    • Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) meetings are open to the public. The LEPC is a volunteer committee that meets to develop emergency response plans and provide information about chemicals in a community to citizens.
CCART educating pet owners about preparedness
Photo of Cumberland County MRC
Photo of Camp Ketcha SMCOAD Outreach Event