Team DHS Volunteers at DC Central Kitchen


On Wednesday, February 1, 2017 six DHS employees from FEMA, USCIS, and NPPD chopped onions, potatoes, and more to help feed those in need in the DC area. If you would like to volunteer with your fellow DHS colleagues, please contact


Want to make a difference in the lives of those in need?

In very rare circumstances, a disaster of extraordinary size (such as September 11 and Katrina) may occur that would require DHS departmental components and other federal agencies to augment FEMA’s workforce. In exceptional circumstances such as these, we will need a volunteer employee force, known as the Surge Capacity Force (SCF), that is willing to be deployed to a disaster location to help FEMA with response and recovery support.

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The SCF program is seeking volunteers who want to help when the need is greatest in support of natural disasters, acts of terrorism, and other man-made disasters, including catastrophic incidents. The SCF program is currently being rolled out throughout the department and will then be rolled out government-wide. All volunteers will be trained and utilized in three FEMA program support elements — National Processing Service Centers, Cadre Support, & Community Support. The cadre support element offers opportunities for members to consider that may be in-line with current job series, skills and abilities.

This site provides answers to frequently asked questions, training requirements for the program and links to training courses, how you might be deployed, and much more. To complete your enrollment, you will need to provide your home address, email, and emergency contact information to be entered into FEMA’s Deployment Tracking System and complete a 2-hour responder orientation webinar. This data will be protected with the highest level of security. Please contact your agency POC for more information.

With your help, we can be ready to respond to any event or to simultaneous events, no matter how large the impact.

Submit questions to or call the Surge Capacity Call Center at 855-377-3362

Read stories from SCF volunteers, as they share their experience supporting Sandy operations.

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