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Join us for 504Day, an Open Call for Volunteers with NOLA Ready!

Are you over 18 and eager to lend a hand, especially during hurricane season? Whether you're already a seasoned volunteer or just starting out, we invite you to be part of our mission to strengthen community resilience. Discover exciting opportunities to engage with your neighbors and make a meaningful impact by joining our newly formed committees. Learn how you can play a vital role in keeping our city safe and prepared for any challenge that comes our way. Join us for an informative orientation session where you'll learn about our organization, upcoming projects, and how you can get involved. Plus, for those participating in the CAE exercise, we've got refreshments and takeaways to keep you fueled up and motivated.

This 504Day, our goal is to recruit at least 504 volunteers – and we're counting on YOU to help us reach that milestone! Together, we can build a stronger, more resilient New Orleans.

Let's make a difference together this 504Day.
See you there, New Orleans!

#504DAY #NOLAReady

What is the NOLA Ready Volunteer Corps?

The NOLA Ready Volunteer Corps (NRVC) is a community-driven initiative designed to harness the power of volunteers in support of disaster preparedness, response, and recovery efforts within the city of New Orleans. Managed by and anchored within the framework of New Orleans Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, the Volunteer Corps serves as a critical component of the city's resilience strategy, mobilizing a diverse pool of individuals to bolster community resilience and readiness in the face of emergencies.

At its core, the NOLA Ready Volunteer Corps is committed to fostering a culture of civic engagement and service, empowering residents to play an active role in safeguarding their neighborhoods and supporting their fellow community members during times of crisis. Through comprehensive training, strategic deployment, and ongoing support, volunteers are equipped with the necessary skills, knowledge, and resources to effectively contribute to disaster management efforts and enhance overall community resilience.

Interested in Volunteering with NOLA Ready?


  • City-Assisted Evacuations

  • Severe Weather Sheltering Operations

  • Disaster Recovery & Restoration

  • Pre/Post Emergency Canvass Operations (PRECO/PECO)




  • Community Outreach Presentations
  • Resilience & Sustainbility Operations
  • Hazard Mitigation Operations & Support
  • Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Trainings




  • Mardi Gras Support Stations
  • 504 DAY Event & Hurricane Preparations
  • Public Safety Exercises & Trainings
  • Public Health Exercises & Support 


Volunteer Calendar

Ready to Train?

Welcome to the comprehensive training curriculum designed to prepare emergency and disaster volunteers for their crucial roles in all phases of disaster management: preparedness, mitigation, response, and recovery. This curriculum has been meticulously crafted to equip volunteers with the knowledge, skills, and resources necessary to effectively contribute to disaster resilience and recovery efforts in their communities. To read more about the training curriculum and course descriptions please review the NOLA Ready Volunteer Training Curriculum


Unlike Preparedness and Response, training for recovery emphasizes the process of rebuilding and restoring communities in the aftermath of a disaster. This involves understanding the long-term impacts of the disaster, assessing damage and needs, coordinating resources and services, and implementing strategies to facilitate recovery and resilience.

Introduction to Disaster & Emergency Recovery (RECO100)

Post-Emergency Canvassing Operations (PECO 100; & PECO200)

Disaster Clean Up & Debris Removal (DEB100 & DEB200)

Environmental Restoration (ERE100)

Direct Outreach during Disaster & Emergency Recovery (DOR100)

Community Resilence Building (CRB100)

Resources and Recovery Assistance in Disasters & Emergencies (RRA100 & RRA200)




NOLA Ready Volunteer Corps works in partnership with our affiliates:

New Orleans Medical Reserve Corps

Within the NOLA Ready Volunteer Corps is the New Orleans Medical Reserve Corps (NOMRC), a specialized group of volunteers that assist in public health emergency preparedness and response efforts.

Activities include:

  • Community outreach
  • Vaccination clinics
  • First aid stations
  • Shelter staffing
  • Evacuation assistance


Volunteer for NOMRC


The New Orleans EMS VIGOR program allows certified EMTs and Paramedics to ride along with EMS crews and respond to 911 calls for service.

  • Function as a third rider on an ambulance
  • Assist in supervised patient care
  • Support medical coverage for major events


Volunteer for VIGOR

Internship Opportunities

The New Orleans Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (NOHSEP) invites undergraduate and graduate students with interests in emergency management, hazard mitigation, disaster recovery, and resilience to apply for unpaid, semester-long or flexible internship positions. Interns will be paired with NOHSEP staff to work in the following fields:

  • Hazard Mitigation
  • Crisis Communications & Public Information
  • Community Engagement 
  • Emergency Operations & Logistics
  • Emergency Planning
  • GIS & Mapping
  • Public Health Disaster Management
  • Homeland Security & Public Safety


Apply to intern