Welcome to NEMCo!
Individual preparedness is extremely important during an emergency. Beyond that we welcome and appreciate any contributions that volunteers can make to both our organization and their community.
As detailed more in our About Us page, there are several levels of participation.
Credentialed NEMCo volunteers complete the FEMA-sponsored courses and a background security application. These volunteers essentially become state emergency volunteer workers (WAC 118-04-080), pre-qualified to be immediately deployed by NEMCo on behalf of our sponsoring cities and agencies in the event of an actual emergency. Volunteers can become members while they are completing the course materials noted below although they would not be fully certified and deployed until completion. Note that the FEMA courses are typically required by government organizations at the State, county and city levels as well so taking these classes gives you a step-up if you also wish to volunteer with your local government emergency management organization.
CERT volunteers are those who have completed the typically six-week CERT course to earn their CERT certification. Many people take the course in order to learn new preparedness skills to better help their family, friends, and neighbors and may choose not to take the further steps needed to become a credentialed volunteer worker. These are also advanced courses available to CERT volunteers as well if they wish to further volunteer with their local government emergency management organization. NEMCo periodically has exercises and activities that will help with skill maintenance and development, to become better acquainted with emergency response roles, and to network with other CERT volunteers. Volunteers are welcome to participate in all these activities.
Another category of general volunteers consists of members of the community who are interested in learning more about preparedness. They may attend our general volunteer meetings and, if interested, may also occasionally volunteer to assist at community activities. The sponsoring cities for these events and workshops will probably require that these volunteers sign a temporary emergency worker and liability form for the duration of the event, typically just a page with basic information.
RACES members are those who additionally receive an FCC license to operate as an amateur radio operator. People interested in exploring amateur radio, even without a license, may attend the monthly meetings, but, like the general volunteers, have some restrictions as to whether they can formally volunteer in any events.
If you are interested in learning more about emergency preparedness and related activities in your community, please feel free to attend our meetings and workshops. If you are interested in more in-depth volunteer participation, NEMCo hopes you will consider becoming a state-certified emergency volunteer worker by completing the courses identified below.
Volunteer Service Agreement (fillable PDF)
Emergency Worker Credential Application (.docx) (current as of 27 April 2021)
requires that volunteers must be either CERT graduates or HAM radio-licensed, and completion of the following Incident Command System (ICS) classes offered by FEMA's Emergency Management Institute.
CODE OF CONDUCT - Draft (comment period closed)
The NEMCo Code of Conduct is a draft document that once final will become a required document for all certified Volunteer Emergency Workers. Please note that some of the referenced documents are still undergoing internal drafting and review and will be added here once available.
See Acronyms and Forms page for additional documents that may be used by members.
Community Events: Parades, Health and Safety Fairs
Preparedness Educational Events
National Night Out
Monthly Group Meetings
Weekly RACES Radio Net
Emergency Communication Drills
and much more...