"Every year in the United States the selfless acts of countless citizens have proven that times of disaster bring out the best possible characteristics of the human spirit. Volunteerism before, during, and after disasters is second nature to the American people, and as we have learned from recent catastrophic events such as the September 11th attacks, Hurricane Katrina, and the Joplin Tornado, the general population craves a way to systematically channel their civic pride and compassion. State Service Commissions (Commissions) are well positioned to tap this public mandate and bring a uniquely flexible asset to their state's emergency management infrastructure. [...] This guide is designed to help you focus your efforts towards the most strategic and logical areas of disaster work for your Commission while highlighting important undergirding and preparations that will set you up for success."
Corporation for National and Community Service: http://www.nationalservice.gov/