The Chatham Emergency Management Agency (CEMA) has established a volunteer organization. The volunteers work with the first responders in the community in the time of disaster or to assist in community events. Volunteers are also trained as NOAA/National Weather Service (NWS) Weather Spotters who are deployed by CEMA when impending weather conditions may present a danger to the community.
The mission of CEMA is to build disaster resiliency through community readiness. To do this the CEMA volunteer will harness the power of every member through education, training, and volunteer service to make our community safer, stronger, and better prepared to respond to natural and man-made disasters as well as community events.
CEMA volunteers will work in the community with first responders to provide a quality resource for community events as well as disaster response assistance when the community is overwhelmed by an incident or requires additional trained volunteers.
The goals of the CEMA volunteer are:
1. To ensure our focus is safety for ourselves, our team, first responders and disaster victims.
2. To do the greatest good for the greatest number of people.
3. To maintain readiness through ongoing training.
4. To maintain professionalism in all areas within the scope of the program.
Due to their mission, CEMA volunteers may respond and operate in several different environments and be responsible for numerous functions. All CEMA volunteers must receive an appropriate level of training necessary for their function.
- ICS 700, 800, 100 and 200
- First Aid/CPR
- Shelter Operations
- Damage Assessment
- Hazardous Materials Awareness
- Search and Rescue
- Spontaneous Volunteer Management
- Any additional training approved by the CEMA Training Committee
NOAA/National Weather Service (NWS) and CEMA sponsor periodic Weather Spotter classes, taught by NWS experts. Click this link for class information: https://www.chathamil.net/cema/cema-preparedness-classes-and-exercises.
All volunteers are required to attend monthly meetings and established training. These meetings are intended to discuss past and future deployments and issues within the organization. Training is also completed during the meetings to continually enhance the volunteer’s ability to function in an event or disaster.
Still Interested? After you complete your application it will be reviewed and you will be notified of a time for an interview. If you complete these phases of the process a background check is done. If you pass the background check successfully you will notified of your acceptance onto the team.
To complete a volunteer application, go to this link and apply online: https://www.chathamil.net/cema/volunteer-application or print the application out, complete it, and then mail it to:
CEMA Director, 116 E. Mulberry, Chatham, IL 62629
Have Questions? Contact CEMA at 217-697-5800 Ext. 100 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org . We look forward to hearing from you.