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Volunteers are invaluable resources in every community, before and after a storm. The first step is to find an organization in your community and get affiliated before disaster strikes. Local nonprofits, religious organizations, schools and civic groups are all great places to begin your search. If you are unsure of where to start, click here for opportunities in your town.

Next, be sure to complete training and orientation courses offered by your chosen organization. Being up to date on their specific procedures and processes will allow you to step right in.

Finally, don’t wait for a disaster before you pitch in. These organizations do great work all year round and can use your support any time. You may also want to consider taking a CPR or first-aid course. These everyday skills can save a life in a moment’s notice.

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