The time to volunteer is not after a disaster has occurred, but before. By receiving training and being a member of a volunteer organization you are better prepared to assist during a disaster. Typically emergency services do not have time to "train" volunteers during a disaster who show up without being requested.
This leads to frustration on the part of both first responders and those good Samaritans that spontaneously show up. Avoid this situation by becoming part of a disaster organization now.
Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT)
CERT members learn basic disaster response skills so that they can be leaders within their neighborhoods should a disaster strike and those areas are isolated.
American Red Cross
The Red Cross is vital to Teton County's disaster response, and they are always looking for volunteers. You can become a CPR/First Aid instructor, disaster assistance team member, and more. Contact the local Bridger-Teton Branch of the American Red Cross at 307-733-4049 for more information.
Emergency Communication Ham Operators_Jackson Hole (ECHO_JH)
This is a private group of amateur radio (ham) operators whose mission is to assist with communications during emergencies. Check out their website to learn how to join.
Teton County Disaster Animal Response Team (DART)
This is a local group of volunteers that undergo a training program to assist animals in times of emergency. This can range from cats and dogs up to livestock. It includes some basic search/rescue techniques, plus training on sheltering animals during emergencies. Contact Teton County Animal Control Officer Darren Rudd by email or by phone at 307-732-8223 for more information.
Churches, Scout Troops, & Other Civic Organizations
Many religious organizations have food pantries and facilities that may be used during disasters for their parishioners and the public. Inquire with your church to see if there is an opportunity to volunteer in that capacity. Also, Boy Scout and Girl Scout groups can always use qualified adult leaders to assist in teaching youth about preparedness and helping to guide them during disasters.
Your Place of Work
Ask if there is a disaster plan and/or coordinator at your workplace. If not, volunteer to fill that position. Some tasks would include having a written plan that is available to all employees and organizing training using that plan. For more information, check out Ready.gov's Business site.