Volunteer Coordination in Times of Disaster

CaliforniaVolunteers’ Role

By executive order S-04-06, Governor Schwarzenegger charged CaliforniaVolunteers with ensuring the coordination of volunteer activities related to disaster response and recovery, including necessary training, equipment, and transportation provisions.

Executive Order S-04-06

In partnership with the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services, the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and other state and local emergency management organizations, CaliforniaVolunteers works to strengthen the state’s readiness for and ability to respond to large-scale disasters.

Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster


CaliforniaVolunteers works with the state’s Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD) to develop and implement statewide initiatives and programs to enhance their ability to prepare for and respond to emergencies and disasters.

VOAD members include faith-based groups, non-profits, governmental departments and agencies and other non-governmental organizations that provide relief and recovery services in times of disaster. The state and national VOADs coordinate the planning efforts of their member organizations to improve communication and reduce duplication of services to ultimately enhance disaster relief efforts. American Red Cross, Salvation Army, Catholic Charities USA and the Points of Light Foundation are examples of organizations.

California is home to two state-level VOADs:

Geographical area: Counties of Imperial, Kern, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, and Ventura.

Northern CA VOAD (NorCal VOAD)
Northern CA VOAD’s area: All other counties

To learn more, please click here.

For more information about the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster, please click here.