You Can Help
A recent study for the CHFS showed that 99 percent of the residents of Kentucky would be willing to help a neighbor in the event of a large-scale public health emergency. However, volunteers are helpful only when they have been properly trained.
If you are interested, contact your local emergency management office to see if they need volunteers on their Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT).
Click here to learn more about the U.S. Medical Reserve Corps (MRC), an organization dedicated to establishing teams of local volunteer medical and public health professionals to contribute their skills and expertise throughout the year as well as during times of community need.
Kentucky currently has 40 MRC units covering 107 counties in Kentucky. The newly developed Kentucky Health Emergency Listing of Professionals for Surge (K HELPS) program will soon be available for automated online sign-up of volunteers.
Kentucky also has 15 Citizen Corps Councils that coordinate volunteer activities designed to make each community safer, stronger and better prepared to respond to any emergency situation. Please check to see how you can join a Citizen Corps council near you.
For more information about volunteer service opportunities in your community, visit the Web site of the Kentucky Commission on Community Volunteerism and Service.