Emergency Volunteer Center (EVC)

During a disaster or other emergency, we will activate our Emergency Volunteer Center (EVC) to provide a way for community members to help out and to manage volunteer efforts.
A volunteer wearing a mask standing with two Hayward Fire personnel

What is an Emergency Volunteer Center (EVC)?

When disaster or emergencies strike, the Hayward community steps up looking for ways to help. The Emergency Volunteer Center (EVC) is a program we use to help coordinate those volunteers. Community members who sign up are letting us know that they are ready and willing to help in the event of a disaster or other emergency.

When would we activate the Emergency Volunteer Center (EVC)?

The EVC would be activated during major incidents like:

  • Earthquakes
  • Severe storms
  • Flash floods
  • Landslides
  • Fires
  • Pandemics
  • Other events

Possible Tasks

Registered volunteers will be contacted based on the type of event, their abilities and the needs of the community. Tasks may include:

  • Emergency Volunteer Center staffing
  • Care and shelter
  • Deliveries
  • Safety assessment
  • Clerical/administrative support.


  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Be in good health
  • Have transportation

Sign up to volunteer

If you would like to donate supplies please contact Zach Ebadi at zach.ebadi@hayward-ca.gov