Disaster Volunteer Registry: By State for Travel Nurses

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By The Gypsy Nurse

June 10, 2019



Disaster Volunteer Registry: By State

Travel nurses are always seeking ways to help out after a disaster. Preparation is crucial. Be prepared by signing up for the state disaster volunteer registry near you or where you are licensed. We’ve included state, national, and community organizations for your convenience. Additionally, please let us know if we’ve missed any agencies that need to be added.


If you hold a state license, get registered now as a state disaster volunteer. I recommend that you add this to your assignment arrival checklist so that you are ready to go as soon as your feet hit the ground!

Who is Eligible? In most states the following can register as healthcare volunteers

  • Advanced practice registered nurses (nurse practitioners, certified nurse anesthetists, certified nurse midwives, clinical nurses specialists) 
  • Behavioral health professionals (marriage and family therapists, clinical social workers, psychologists, and mental health counselors) 
  • Cardiovascular technologist and technicians
  • Dentists
  • Diagnostic medical sonographers
  • Emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and paramedics
  • Licensed practical nurses and licensed vocational nurses 
  • Medical and clinical laboratory technicians (includes phlebotomists) 
  • Medical and clinical laboratory technologists
  • Medical records and health information technologists
  • Pharmacists
  • Physicians
  • Physician assistants
  • Radiologic technologists and technicians
  • Registered nurses
  • Respiratory therapists
  • Veterinarians

Disaster Volunteer Registry State Agencies

The following list is of State-operated volunteer registries for disaster and/or emergency response. There are many other opportunities to volunteer with independent and national agencies. Please let us know if you find any broken links or if we’ve missed anything.

ArkansasNew Hampshire
CaliforniaNew Jersey
ColoradoNew Mexico
ConnecticutNew York
DelawareNorth Carolina
District Of ColumbiaNorth Dakota
IllinoisRhode Island
IndianaSouth Carolina
IowaSouth Dakota
MichiganWest Virginia

National Disaster Volunteer Organizations

In addition to State agencies, there are several National Agencies that you can pre-register with. These are national Government approved disaster volunteer organizations. Please let us know in the comments below if other government organizations should add to this list.

Other Volunteer Organizations

Please let us know in the comments below if there are other non-governmental disaster volunteer organizations that we should add to this list.

Additional Resources:

The Importance of Travel Nurses During a Natural Disaster

A Travel Nurse’s Unique Story of Surviving Hurricane Irma in the US Virgin Islands

Nurses Getting the Lights Back On

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