Howard County Department of Recreation & Parks, in partnership with the Howard County Office of Emergency Management, has developed a team of professionals to provide coordination and centralized support for volunteers and volunteer groups during a disaster and/or crisis situation resulting from manmade causes or natural disasters. This level of support is referred to as Emergency Support Function 14 or as we call it, ESF 14.

Note: Donations is also a function that falls under ESF 14, but this function is managed by Howard County Department of Community Resources and Services.

Current Disaster Recovery Volunteer Status

Updated: June 27, 2018 2:00 PM

Ellicott City, Sunday, May 27, 2018 Flooding: If you wish to assist with this potential recovery effort please see information below. 

Volunteers Needed: 
Business Owners and Residents:
If you're still in need of volunteers to assist with the EC Flood Recovery Efforts, please CLICK HERE to submit a Request for Volunteers Form. 

Interested Volunteers: If you're interested in volunteering for an opportunity related to the EC Flood Recovery Efforts, please CLICK HERE to view and sign-up for the available opportunities.

We sincerely appreciate the outpouring of support and expressed interest to volunteer with the Ellicott City flood recovery efforts. Damage assessments are underway and needs have to be identified prior to volunteer placement.

For any questions about volunteers, please email ESF14@howardcountymd.gov.

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I want to volunteer for disaster recovery

Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks is gearing up for the season's potential storms and winter weather by asking people to register as a Disaster Recovery Volunteer. This resource allows you to be contacted if your skills and support are needed during an emergency. 


Request for Volunteers

If you are looking for volunteers to assist with the aftermath of the recent disaster, you're in the right place.

Through Howard County’s Emergency Volunteer Management Team, we are identifying community needs and placing them in queue for when appropriate volunteers become available. We refer volunteers to support community-based organizations in their disaster response and recovery efforts. We are focused on matching volunteers to the needs of our partners in order to maximize the impact of volunteer support.

  • CLICK HERE to to submit a Request for Volunteers Form to request volunteer assistance.


  • We can't guarantee that all volunteer requests will be filled.


VOAD & Agency Collaboration

If your VOAD or agency is interested in collaborating with the Howard County Emergency Volunteer Management Team, please complete the VOAD and Agency Collaboration Form. A team member will contact you to further discuss collaboration and levels of support.

Click here to complete VOAD and Agency Collaboration Form