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Ellicott City Flood - Sunday, May 27, 2018


If you wish to assist with this recovery effort, register with us as a volunteer and EXPRESS interest in an opportunity hereLearn how to register as a group here.

Updated infomation on Ellicott City response can be found at www.HowardCountyMd.gov including making financial contributions under the FAQs.

Response Crews may require several days to complete their mission. Do Not Self-deploy. Safety is a concern for all.

Thank you for the outpouring of support for those impacted by the most recent flash flood in Ellicott City.


Give Wisely Following a disaster, please consider the following

Response can take days to weeks and recovery can take years. Devastation can take a variety of forms from personal to regional. 

Please know that your interest is appreciated. The safety and well-being of those impacted and the safety of volunteers are critical.

Following a disaster, please consider the following as you investigate ways in which to assist those affected by disaster:

  • Do Not Self-Deploy
  • Volunteer Wisely: In communities struggling to respond to and recover from disasters, an influx of unexpected, un-requested, and unneeded volunteers can seriously complicate the process. BEFORE TRAVELING TO THE AREA TO HELP, learn whether volunteers are needed and if they are seeking specific skills.

  • Financial Contributions are Preferred: cash donations help to avoid the labor and expense of sorting, packing, transporting, storing, and distributing donated goods. Relief and response agencies can use cash to meet survivors' identified needs more quickly.

  • Donate through an established disaster relief, response, or recovery organization: information on reputable agencies responding to the disaster is typically available through news media and government websites or via press releases.

  • CONFIRM the need before collecting: donors should be wary of anyone who claims that "everything is needed." Groups can be disappointed when the goods they've collected aren't appreciated. Communities affected by disaster often do not have the time or resources to dispose of unneeded donations. Get precise information and confirm the need before collecting any donated good. Better yet, remember that financial contributions are preferred.

To learn more: 

FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) 

National VOAD (Voluntary Organizations in Disaster)

Guidelines for Giving | US AID CIDI 


The Howard County community has a variety of volunteer opportunities throughout the year. Visit volunteerhoward.org/search or volunteerhoward.org/calendar  to view other community needs.


Volunteer Center

6310 Hillside Ct.
Columbia, MD 21046