Serve Kentucky has pledged to grow so to assist with statewide preparedness for, response to and recovery from disasters. We are working to coordinate our available resources for managing unaffiliated volunteers during times of disasters in Kentucky. In addition to disaster volunteer management, Serve Kentucky can provide disaster assistance utilizing the network of national resources in Kentucky, as needed.
AmeriCorps programs can play a role in helping prepare for and responding to disasters. Kentucky AmeriCorps programs cannot self-deploy. All disaster deployments (outside approved program design) must be coordinated and approved by Serve Kentucky. When a disaster occurs, Serve Kentucky will coordinate with the Kentucky Emergency Management (KYEM) to determine the need to request and deploy national service resources.
Volunteerism During Disasters
When disaster strikes, unaffiliated/spontaneous volunteers who want to help will often travel from all over Kentucky and the country to assist their neighbors, friends, and even complete strangers. Yet without a plan, these much-needed volunteers can cause complications with rescue response efforts.
Serve Kentucky is a member agency of the Kentucky Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster (KY-VOAD) and can provide resources to help emergency managers develop a plan and train community members to mobilize and manage these volunteers to meet needs and ensure safety.