Volunteer opportunity description

Coastal Storm Plan Volunteer (CSP)

NYC Service is working with the Office of Emergency Management (OEM) to continuously recruit a group of New Yorkers who can be called upon in case of an emergency to help staff Evacuation Shelters. As seen with Hurricane Irene and Super Storm Sandy, one can never be too prepared. Although we never hope to activate the list, it’s imperative that we have a roster of trained volunteers who can act when necessary.

Please note that Hurricane Shelter volunteers must have undergone or must undergoe a background check before enrolling as a  volunteer. Upon applying for this position you will be asked to provide proof of having undergone a background check. If you have not undergone a background check and are interested in volunteering you may be screened at a discounted price through Go Pass, a background check system used by the Department of Education to screen volunteers.

Volunteer Roles

1. Complete OEM Coastal Storm Plan Sheltering Online Training

2. Report to an Evacuation Center during emergency activation for assignment

3. Perform tasks relating to guiding people through the evacuation process, setting up the shelter, caring for shelterees, and managing supplies.

All interested volunteers must pass a background check and complete an online Coastal Storm Training course to become an EmergeNYC volunteer. To sign up as a Coastal Storm Plan volunteer, please fill out this survey with your most up-to-date contact information.

Commodity Distribution Point Volunteer (CDP)

NYC Service is working with the Office of Emergency Management (OEM) to recruit a group of volunteers to staff Commodity Distribution Points (CDP) in times of emergency. As seen with Super Storm Sandy, it is imperative to have a group of volunteers to deploy in times of need. Volunteers would help coordinate the distribution of essential items like food, water, and blankets to the community.

Volunteer Roles

  1. Distribution – work in the Commodity Distribution Area passing out food, water, and other commodities to the public.
  2. Flow Monitor – support the safe and efficient movement of the public through the site and disseminate accurate operational and distribution information to the public.
  3. Commodity Organization - assist with the organization of commodities in the Commodity Storage Area and Commodity Distribution Area.
  4. Inventory Tracking - assist with inspection, inventory, and recording of arriving supplies and equipment in the Commodity Off-Loading Area.
  5. Other tasks at CDP sites, as needed, at time of event.

Once volunteers complete a CDP training through OEM, they will be added to the Time-of-Event CDP Volunteer Contact List. For more information please follow this link to fill out a survey with your most up-to-date contact information. If you are interested in undergoing the free, in-person training, please see the training scheudle below and fill out the registration for with your most up to date contact information.

Training Schedule

Date/Time: Wednesday, July 30th 6:00pm-9:00pm

Location: Office of Emergency Management, 165 Cadmen Plaza E, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Click here to register for training!


1.      Commitment to assisting New Yorkers during an emergency

2.       Ability to be on feet for hours at a time

3.       Ability to be flexible and adapt to changing situations

4.       Multi-language ability a plus

Our volunteer needs

We need volunteers who are free at these times


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About the organization

NYC Service

NYC Service
NYC Service Team
311 or 212-New York
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