Volunteering at NCEM

Emergency Management welcomes committed volunteers and student interns!

Your skills can enhance Nassau’s preparedness, communication, response, and recovery capabilities. We even offer free Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Training to help prepare individuals, neighborhoods, and business teams to respond to local hazards. Contact our Volunteer Programs Coordinator to find out more!

Anyone wishing to intern or volunteer their time working as a Sheriff’s office volunteer before, during, or after a disaster should contact the volunteer coordinator at (904) 548-0953 or via email


The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program 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. CERT offers a consistent, nationwide approach to volunteer training and organization that professional responders can rely on during disaster situations, allowing them to focus on more complex tasks.

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Nassau County Emergency Management offers free Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Training Academies to help prepare individuals, neighborhoods, and business teams to respond to local hazards.


Nassau County Amateur Radio Emergency Service (NCARES) supports Nassau County Emergency Management with radio communications in the event of a disaster or other emergency when normal communication systems become disrupted or inadequate.

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NCARES is responsible for planning and coordinating amateur radio emergency preparedness and operations in Nassau County. NCARES is presently comprised of more than 100 licensed amateurs who reside and/or work within Nassau County, and who have voluntarily registered their equipment and skills.

The on-going objective of NCARES is to maintain a sufficient degree of preparedness of local amateur radio personnel and resources to deliver reliable and effective communications support when needed.


The Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) is a national network of volunteers, organized locally to improve the health and safety of their communities. MRC volunteers include medical and public health professionals, as well as other community members without healthcare backgrounds.

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MRC units engage these volunteers to strengthen public health, improve emergency response capabilities, and build community resiliency. They prepare for and respond to natural disasters, such as wildfires, hurricanes, and floods, as well as other emergencies affecting public health, such as disease outbreaks.

Contact our Volunteer Programs Coordinator at (904) 548-0940 or visit the Nassau County MRC website to learn more .


The Nassau County Youth Emergency Team Initiative (YETI) is a partnership between Nassau County Emergency Management and Nassau County 4-H to provide the Teen CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) disaster preparedness training for local youth ages 11-18.

YETI graduates have expressed that they feel empowered with skills to help themselves and others, gained confidence in public speaking, found a sense of “family” and belong, and most of all they have come to understand the vital role they can play in disaster.

All graduates will earn a minimum of 40 community service hours for their participation.

If you are interested in YETI, then contact our Volunteer Programs Coordinator at (904) 548-0940 or Ms. Kelsey at (904)530-6353.

Sheriff’s Patrol Volunteers

The Sheriff’s Patrol Volunteer Program is designed to help supplement active deputies and perform an array of different task and duties. This volunteer service, rendered out of a sense of community pride assists the Nassau County Sheriff’s Office employees in providing quality law enforcement services.

The Sheriff’s Patrol Volunteers provide county wide support by improving the safety, welfare, and quality of life in our communities. These volunteer’s not only save the Sheriff’s Deputies man hours but serve as ambassadors for the Sheriff.


The Sheriff’s Posse consists of highly skilled riders who conduct ceremonial, out-reach, and search & rescue operations.