Get Involved/Volunteer

The Aurora Emergency Management Agency is always looking for caring and dedicated individuals that wish to serve their neighbors and community.  The volunteer cadre is a group of good people with open minds and big hearts serving the City of Aurora through the Aurora Emergency Management Agency Emergency Volunteer Service when an emergency or disaster strikes.

The Emergency Volunteer Service is made up of people just like you, who offer their time and talent to help make Aurora a better place in which to live and work.  Volunteers come from all backgrounds, have various skills, knowledge, and talents they bring to the group, and each of them dedicate priceless hours of assistance.  

We want our volunteers to belong, not fit in, and our service provides many opportunities to participate.


Severe Weather Support

Monitor severe weather during weather watches and warnings at the Aurora Weather Center located at the Emergency Operations Center. Receive reports from Field Weather Spotters and relay information to the National Weather Service.

HAM Radio and Auxiliary Communications

Trained licensed HAM radio operators and communication specialists assist the agency and the city when other forms of communication are slow, unavailable, or by providing facilitation of existing communication methods during incidents.

Public Preparedness and Resiliency

The Public Preparedness and Resiliency volunteers are responsible for public education, resiliency, and recruitment of the agency by providing in person training, demonstrations, and community outreach at appropriate events.  The group, through collaboration with the office, will facilitate enhancing public preparedness appropriately for the citizens of Aurora based on threats and hazards specific to the city.

Traffic Management

Traffic Management volunteers provide traffic control support for emergency and non-emergency events and incidents. For emergencies, requests have varied response needs, but common job actions include assisting with traffic control and scene lighting for vehicle accidents, assisting with downed power lines, gas main breaks, and other incidents. These callouts are not scheduled events, can happen any time, day or night; and members are on-call to assist when needed. For non-emergencies, traffic control and equipment needs are met to support a variety of city sponsored and permitted events.

Ground Search and Rescue

The Ground Search and Rescue team assists city, county, and state agencies in searching for lost persons or evidence. Members must be in good physical shape and be able to endure the rigors of a search and rescue which can take place in any kind of weather, for an extended period of time, and through a vast variety of terrains.

First Aid

The First Aid team assists in providing first aid to the community during scheduled events, supporting on scene Emergency Medical Services. All members are required to have basic CPR and First Aid training, but volunteer members may provide this support service when requested.

Emergency Operations Center (EOC) Support

Help provide necessary support services during emergency operations. These duties may include answering phones, being a runner between offices or departments, and supporting the logistical needs of the EOC during emergency operations.

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The AEMEA EVS mission is to minimize the loss of life, suffering, and damage to property during an emergency, disaster, or crises by training and utilizing highly motivated community members in preparedness, response, and recovery activities.


Volunteers are expected to adhere to the following fundamental principles:

Humanity: Volunteers are to bring assistance without discrimination to the individual to prevent and alleviate human suffering to protect public health, safety, and welfare ensuring respect for the human being.

Impartiality: Volunteers will make no discrimination to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identify or expression, age, disability, marital status, citizenship, national origin, genetic information, or any other characteristic or political opinions towards other members or members of the public.

Voluntary Service: The AEMA EVS is a voluntary relief effort and not to be prompted in any manner by desire for gain.


These values are essential to our continued success and provide common language and foundation. Values drive how we accomplish our goals and conduct ourselves to execute and achieve our strategic mission.

Collaborative: We work together as one, in partnership with other departments or organizations, and embrace diversity and inclusiveness.

Creative: We seek new ideas, are open to change, and always look for better ways to serve.

Credible: We act with integrity and are transparent guardians of the public trust.

Committed: We hold ourselves accountable for defining and meeting clear objectives and delivering on our mission.