Kern County's Emergency Volunteer Center (EVC) has been formed to serve, train, rally and refer spontaneous or unaffiliated volunteers to response teams and service agencies throughout the county in the event of a disaster.

How can you prepare to take charge in the event of a disaster? Kern County consistently needs skilled and dedicated volunteers to be pre-trained for operating an EVC. Positions such as receptionist, interviewer, data coordinator, training officer, security officer, and others are available. The EVC program is also in need of a dedicated intern or volunteer who can commit extended service times to assist with training and outreach activities.

Spontaneous or unaffiliated volunteers are people wanting to help others during a disaster but who have no training or prior affiliation with a disaster response agency. During the San Diego fires, tens of thousands of spontaneous volunteers came forward. Unfortunately, in many instances they hindered rather than helped the disaster operations because there was no plan to employ them. Shortly after that event, the Emergency Volunteer Service concept was developed at the state level in order to remedy this predicament with local efforts.

Emergency Volunteer Center (EVC)

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For information about how to get involved, or for upcoming training dates, please contact us.




Hours of Operation

  • Monday - Thursday:
  • 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Closed 11 a.m. - 12:30 lunch