What an individual might be doing during an emergency would depend on many factors: the nature and extent of the emergency, their physical condition, their skills and previous experience, their own preferences, duties needed, just to name a few. Following are a few examples.

MEDICAL: Assist with first aid, vaccinating, qualified medical care, etc.


  • Assist with call downs of other volunteers, giving updates, and disseminating other information.
  • Staff assistance with emergency shelters: meal preparation, supplies distribution, guest information and coordination, special needs, handicap assistance, transportation, etc
  • Assist in various duties associated with manning a Mass delivery Point of Distribution (POD) site for emergency medications or vaccinations. IE: The H1N1 clinics conducted in 2009/2010.
  • Wipe down and sanitizing an infected building.
    Respond as a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) member. (See CERT in other handouts)
  • Assist with some security & surveillance missions with local law enforcement.
  • Some direct medical treatment assistance (depending on training and abilities)