Volunteer opportunity description

As seen with Hurricanes Irene and Sandy, one can never be too prepared. NYC Service partners with NYC Emergency Management (NYCEM) to recruit New Yorkers who can assist the public and our first responders in case of an emergency. Volunteer positions include Coastal Storm Plan (CSP) volunteers and Commodity Distribution Points (CDP) volunteers. 

Coastal Storm Plan Volunteer (CSP)

CSP volunteers staff evacuation shelters in time of an emergency. 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 CSP 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 NYCEM Coastal Storm Plan Sheltering Online Training

2. Report to an evacuation shelter or 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)

CDP volunteers help coordinate the distribution of essential items like food, water, and blankets to the community in time of an emergency. It is imperative to have a group of volunteers to deploy in times of need. 

Volunteer Roles

1. Complete NYCEM in-person CDP training session. 

2. Report to assigned distribution site during emergency activation.

3. Perform any of following tasks:

  • Commodity distribution – volunteers will distribute allocated life-sustaining commodities to the public
  • Storage and handling – volunteers will off-load delivered resources and store and pre-position them for distribution
  • Distribution of information to the public – volunteers will help the public move safely and efficiently through the site and provide distribution information to the public
  • Flow Monitor – support the safe and efficient movement of the public through the site and disseminate accurate operational and distribution information to the public
  • Inventory Tracking - assist with inspection, inventory, and recording of arriving supplies and equipment in the Commodity Off-Loading Area.
  • Other tasks at CDP sites, as needed, at time of event.

Once volunteers complete a CDP training through NYCEM, 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 one-time, free in-person training, please see the training scheudle below and fill out the registration form.

Training Schedule

Date/Time: Wednesday, April 29th 6:30pm-8:30pm

                         Wednesday, June 24th 6:30pm-8:30pm

                         Thursday, September 24th 6:30pm-8:30pm

Location: NYC Emergency Management, 165 Cadman 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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