We need you!Become a SAFE neighborhood ambassador!

Neighborhood residents working with the S.A.F.E. Neighborhoods Program may fill a variety of roles. During the activation of a neighborhood evacuation hub, job aids found in the JIT kit will provide guidance for individuals volunteering to fill various roles.  Those with leadership interest will be highly encouraged to register and continue their training with the American Red Cross. Community members may also choose to join groups such as CERT, MRC, etc.  Doing so will not only provide additional training, but will also give them the opportunity to practice and gain experience.


“There are many Amateur Radio Club across the State, contact your Local Emergency Management to know which club is close to you.” In exercises such as the Great Utah ShakeOut, ham radio operators provide a vital communication link between the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) and the school locations of CERT and Shelter of the SAFE Neighborhoods Program. Participation in the radio rooms during exercises is by assignment.  Contact your local emergency management office to get information about the HAM radio club in your area. www. slcarc.org



A S.A.F.E. Hub Command Post will be set up in the school. CERT members are encouraged to participate with Field Operations to conduct search and rescue operations and to open a medical treatment area.Here is where we need your help. Our CERT teams need block captains to quickly find those that need help. As a block captain, you will be given the map for your block and instructions how to use it and report with it to the school. Contact your local Emergency Management to get training information in your area. www.citizencorps.gov


Before a disaster, download the Red Cross Shelter Finder App to find the nearest shelter to your location and the space available. After a real earthquake, you could sleep at your house and come to the shelter for meals. Your pets cannot come into the shelter. It is possible that an area could be set up for pets outside the shelter by Utah Emergency Animal Response Coalition.     For more info or if you want to volunteer to set up a pet area, go to their website www.uearc.org .

Sign up in the shelter for a First Aid or CPR class. Sign up to take a class to become a shelter manager, worker or volunteer. The skills  you will learn are priceless in an emergency. On the Red Cross website, you can download emergency checklists and information or sign up for specific training, like Life Guard or Skills for Babysitting.  You can find a blood drive near you by the date or distance from your house. You can donate funds to support urgent humanitarian needs around the world. Disaster  Program, American Red Cross, Greater Salt Lake Area Chapter, Office: 801-323-7002 www.redcross.org

Make A Plan—Build A Kit—Get Involved

 Volunteer Organizations Active in Disasters

The Utah VOAD is the forum where organizations share knowledge and resources throughout the disaster cycle—preparation, response and recovery—to help disaster survivors and their communities.

Organizations part of VOAD:

America Red Cross 

From small house fires to multi-state natural disasters, the American Red Cross goes wherever we’re needed, so people can have clean water, safe shelter and hot meals when they need them most.

 Provided Services:

  • Casework
  • Disaster Assessment
  • Agency Referrals
  • Emergency Lodging
  • Emergency Cash Assistance


Through volunteer labor and donations of money and materials, Habitat builds and rehabilitates simple, decent houses with the help of the homeowner (partner) families.

Provided Services:

  • Home repair (post muck out)
  • Repair materials
  • Volunteer Manpower
  • Appliance/Furniture replacement


Southern Baptist volunteers prepare most of the meals distributed by the American Red Cross and provide many other disaster services. Southern Baptists have more than 1,550 mobile disaster response units on call for local, state, and national emergencies, with more than one hundred thousand trained volunteers scattered across the nation.

Provided Services:

  • Flood Mitigation
  • Repairs/rebuild


Team Rubicon unites the skills and experiences of military veterans with first responders to rapidly deploy emergency response teams.

Provided Services:

  • Damage Assessment
  • Debris Removal
  • Flood Mitigation (Muck out)
  • Expedient Home Repair

The Church of Jesus Christ of Later Day Saints

In partnership with other relief organizations, we strive to provide immediate emergency assistance around the world to victims of natural disasters, civil unrest, or famine.

Provided Services:

  • Emergency food
  • Emergency Clean up kits
  • Clothing Vouchers
  • Appliance/ Furniture vouchers


U Serve Utah

The purpose of the Utah Commission on Service and Volunteerism is to enable individuals, communities, and organizations in Utah to benefit from the service, power, skills, and passion of volunteers.

Provided Services:

  • Volunteer & Donations Management
  • Corporation for National and Community Service Liaison


The Salvation Army

While every disaster is unique, the core of our disaster program consists of several basic services. And while these services address many of the typical needs of a disaster survivor, Salvation Army disaster relief is also flexible. Our services are adapted to the specific needs of individuals and communities and are scalable according to the magnitude of the disaster.

Provided Services:

  • Emergency housing
  • Emergency Food
  • Emergency Clothing
  • Emotional Care
  • Spiritual Care


United Way/2-1-1  

2-1-1 provides people with ways to get help, and give help. By simply dialing 2-1-1, callers can connect to health and human resources they need, as well as find meaningful volunteer opportunities.

Provided Services:

  • Information resources
  • Agency Referrals

Utah Food Bank

Utah Food Bank distributes food free-of-charge to a network of 141 partner agencies located throughout all 29 counties of our state.

Provided Services:

  • Childhood Hunger Program
  • Food Box Programs
  • Mobile Pantries
  • Grocery Rescue Program