Legitimate companies and business that have an interest in offering resources can contact the Emergency Operations Center at email@example.com.
Fraudulent offers and scams will be forwarded directly to the District Attorney's Office for investigation.
Beware of Fraud and Scams
There is a potential for fraud during emergencies. Donors should ask questions to organizations they are considering donating their time or money to. It is important to work with known and reputable groups as it is not uncommon for scams to emerge during emergency situations.
The Secondary Disaster
Monterey County is a loving and giving community; the compassion and generosity consistently demonstrated by Monterey County residents and businesses is never more evident than after a disaster. People want to help. While we appreciate the uniqueness of our supportive community, please assist us in avoiding a secondary disaster caused by uncoordinated, uncontrolled masses of donated goods and volunteers, ultimately interfering with disaster operations, by following the general guidelines listed on this page.
Please donate and volunteer responsibly.
STAY HOME. SAVE LIVES. CHECK IN.
Call, text, and (safely) knock on doors to make sure our neighbors, friends, and family are connected and have the support we all need! Click here to learn more on how to safely check in on your community during these difficult times.
The priority of volunteer activity is assistance to others. When this spontaneous activity is well managed, it also positively effects the volunteers the,selves and this contributes to the healing process of both individuals and the larger community.
Volunteering is a valuable and necessary part of every healthy community. Volunteers come from all segments of society and often provide essential services. Everyone has the potential to contribute strength and resources in times of emergency.
Volunteers are successful participants in emergency management systems when they are flexible, self-sufficient, aware of risks, and willing to be coordinated by local emergency management experts. Volunteers must accept the obligation to "do no harm."
California Governor Gavin Newsom and California Volunteers launched #CaliforniansForAll, an initiative to connect residents, businesses and organizations to safely unite in service. Fill out the form on the Californians For All Website to get connected to volunteer opportunities and ways you can make a difference in your communities.
VOLUNTEER BEFORE THE DISASTER.
- Volunteer with a recognized organization involved in disaster response or recovery prior to the disaster.
- Volunteer with a non-profit organization and be trained to find meaningful volunteer opportunities following a disaster.
- There are many organizations and faith-based groups that work nationally and in your community, that have active disaster programs and need volunteers.
- These groups offer a wide range of services following a disaster. See National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster www.nvoad.org for more information and to sign up for volunteer opportunities.
AFFILIATE WITH EXISTING NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS BEFORE COMING TO THE DISASTER AREA.
Immediately following a disaster, a community can become easily overwhelmed by the amount of generous people who want to help. Contacting and affiliating with an established organization will help to ensure that you are appropriately trained to respond in the most effective way.
DO NOT SELF-DEPLOY.
Wait until a need has been identified and the local community impacted has requested support. Sign up to volunteer, and wait to travel until opportunities have been identified. Once assigned a position, make sure you have been given an assignment and are wearing proper safety equipment for the task.
Recovery lasts a lot longer than the media attention. There will be volunteer needs for many months, often many years, after the disaster - especially when the community enters the long-term recovery period.