How to Get Involved

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HCEM Volunteer Programs:

Our volunteer programs are designed to help further Hamilton County Emergency Management's mission to provide support to plan, prepare, mitigate, respond, and recover from natural, human caused and accidental hazards. Opportunities would include assisting Emergency Management staff at community outreach events to assisting the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) during a disaster.

Please see our list of volunteer program opportunities available below.

Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) is a program that educates volunteers about disaster preparedness for the hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization and disaster medical operations.

Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (RACES) is an organization of amateur radio operators who volunteer for Emergency Management for the purpose of providing tactical emergency support radio communications to federal, state and local governments in time of emergency, and to supplement, augment or replace radio communications wherever and whenever needed. We would encourage anyone who is expressly interested in storm spotting to visit Hamilton County Emergency Management RACES website.

Emergency Operation Center (EOC) Volunteers is a perfect opportunity for those interested in helping in a command center environment. This group consists of personnel who have degrees in emergency management, military, or current/former public safety personnel, IT professionals, or those who are seeking to gain real-world experience while giving back to the community. Personnel train to know how to operate technology in the center as well as staff key positions.

Emergency Management Reservist Program allows qualified individuals to be rostered as a volunteer to help during an emergency or disaster without a big commitment. Qualifications include, but are not limited to; previous disaster/emergency response experience, public safety or military service, previous completion of disaster-based training, public safety, or other related or past certifications. Reservist are required to attend a four-hour course to learn more about HCEM and how we operate during a disaster and attend quarterly meetings.

Individuals wanting to participate in a HCEM Volunteer program must be 18 years of age or older, submit a volunteer application, complete training requirements, and successfully complete a background check.

HCEM BACKGROUND CHECK FORM - Background checks can be processed for free at the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office. Located at 18100 Cumberland Road in Noblesville, Indiana. Hours for background check to be processed are 8:30 am - 4:00 pm., Monday thru Friday. Applicants must bring the following with them; a completed HCEM Background Check form, and a valid driver's license. 

Hamilton County Emergency Management Internship Program:

Hamilton County Emergency Management is interested in internship applications from individuals that are looking at the emergency management career field for both the academic and career advancement aspects. Internships should have a firm start and end date before the intern begins. 

Volunteer and Internship FAQ:

  • Are any internship opportunities paid? 
    • Currently no volunteer or internships available through Hamilton County Emergency Management are paid.
  • How often are internships opportunities available? 
    • Opportunities are always available based on projects identified by staff.
  • Do I have to be in the Hamilton County area to volunteer? 
    • No.  While certain projects may require the volunteer to be present in the office, many may not. Preference will be given to interns that can have a regular presence in the office.
  • What is the screening process? 
    • All volunteers and Interns will have to complete a screening process through Hamilton County Emergency Management.

If you are interested in being an intern, please contact us at 317-770-3381, or send a email to Pam Eldridge