"Prepared, Not Scared." Volunteer Alexandria is the lead agency that educates and prepares Alexandria's residents, schools, organizations and businesses for all hazards such as natural disasters and terrorist attacks. In partnership with the City of Alexandria's Office of Emergency Management, we raise awareness, recruit, train and manage volunteers to be prepared and respond during these events. In the event of an emergency, we run a Volunteer Reception Center, which provides a central location where volunteers can go to assist with disaster recovery. 

Sign up for an orientation to learn more about emergency preparedness and how you can help. Register online.

Make a plan TODAY- check out next steps.

Take a "Until Help Arrives" class to learn how to save lives. Classes are being several time per month. Register online.


Join Our Volunteer Reception Center - Do you find yourself running towards the disaster instead of away from it? Then you may be a perfect volunteer candidate to join our Volunteer Reception Center core staff! Staff process all unaffiliated volunteers and needs to be ready whenever disaster strikes. To join, interested volunteers must be committed to quarterly trainings throughout the year, complete FEMA online courses on the National Incident Management System and the Incident Command System,  and be prepared to begin operations as requested by the city office of emergency management.

To apply or to recieve additional information, email emergencyresponse@volunteeralexandria.org.

The most important step in preparedness is staying informed. Sign up for Alexandria eNews or other alerts for information about developing weather threats in your area, and make provisions in case your connections are cut off or electricity is out for a prolonged period.


Simple Family Preparedness is an excellent resource for well-researched, easy-to-understand articles and information and step-by-step guides to help busy families prepare for winter weather, everything from cleaning gutters and learning how to shut off water mains to checking supplies of batteries, food, and water, to treating your snow shovel with WD-40 to make shoveling easier!  Click HERE for actions you can begin now while you have time, so that in the case of a storm or severe weather event you will be as prepared as possible to mitigate the effects of or survive the incident.


For more information and questions, email us at emergencyresponse@volunteeralexandria.org.