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Chattanooga-Hamilton County Health Department
Volunteer Program

  The Chattanooga-Hamilton County Health Department would like to recognize our volunteers for the time they contribute to help us promote a healthy and safe community. 

What is the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Health Department Volunteer Program?

The Chattanooga-Hamilton County Health Department has a plan in place for a public health emergency, which includes trained volunteers. The Volunteer Program at the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Health Department coordinates the skills of practicing and retired physicians, nurses, other health professionals, and non-medical volunteers who are ready to respond during an emergency or disaster. The Volunteer Program is affiliated with the Medical Reserve Corps   and is a registered Medical Reserve Corps Unit. The mission of the Volunteer Program is to make Hamilton County safer by training volunteers to assist in public health emergencies.

Is there a need for a Public Health Volunteer Program?
The first response to a disaster is the local response. With the help of community volunteers, the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Health Department and other local emergency response agencies will be better prepared to respond to emergencies.


Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible to become a Public Health Volunteer?
Any person with an interest in helping our community can volunteer. Volunteers can be active or inactive/retired health care professionals or can be persons in a non-medical field. Even students can volunteer, but must be 18 years of age or older. Your skills, expertise, and desire to serve will determine what role you may play in keeping our community safe and healthy.


Interested in Becoming a Public Health Volunteer?

Call the Health Department's Emergency Preparedness & Planning Dept at  (423) 209-8068

OR log onto and sign up online through Tennessee Volunteer Mobilizer

What is Tennessee Volunteer Mobilizer?
Tennessee Volunteer Mobilizer is a database used by Tennessee Department of Health to organize all Tennessee Public Health Volunteers into one central system.  When you fill out the online registration form, there will be a "Home County" field.  Please enter the county you want to volunteer your services, for us, it would be Hamilton. 

If you live in North Georgia, please enter Tennessee into the state field when it asks for your address and then you will be able to choose Hamilton County as your "Home County"!

If you have problems or any questions as you are signing up through Volunteer Mobilizer, please call us at the above phone number and we will assist you.

Education and Training Information for Current Volunteers


September 16th from 5:30-6:30 pm 

We are offering a training on the topic of Mental Health.  The speaker will be Kandy Templeton, LCSW from Volunteer Behavioral Health.  The Medical Reserve Corps Coordinator, Josh Weaver, will also present the State of TN's Disaster Mental Health Response Plan.  If you are a current volunteer and are interested in attending this training, please RSVP to Josh at (423) 209-8068 or

Training Powerpoints

Please review the following powerpoints and email Josh Weaver at to let us know that you have reviewed the information.

1. Medical Reserve Corps Orientation  4. Personal Preparedness 
2. Points of Dispensing (POD)  5. Mental Health
3. Strategic National Stockpile

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Training

National Incident Command System (NIMS)
IS-100B    IS-100B is an introduction to the Incident Command System (ICS) and provides the foundation for higher level ICS training.  The course describes the principles and organizational structure behind ICS.... basically who does what and how!
You click on "Take this course - Interactive Web-based course". 

IS-700A     IS-700A is an introduction to NIMS.  NIMS provides a template that allows government, non-governmental organizations, and private-sector to all work together during domestic incidents.  You click on "Take this course - Interactive Web-based course".

Once you complete your IS courses, please print and mail a copy to our office at: 

                                            CHCHD Emergency Preparedness
                                            Volunteer Program 
                                            Attn: Josh Weaver
                                            921 East 3rd Street 
                                            Chattanooga, TN   37403

                                           OR Email them to: