How to Get or Give Help During a Flood Emergency

September 23, 2016 | United Way Team

There are many ways you can get or give help in the event of a flood emergency.

Individual Volunteer

Visit Click the big image of the city of Cedar Rapids and it will take you directly to flood-related volunteer opportunities. You only need to give your name and email as a way to get to those opportunities. Volunteer opportunities can be sandbagging or those with specific skills.

Group of People Wanting to Volunteers

Do you and your co-workers/friends/church want to volunteer to help as a group? To help United Way and the community coordinate support, connect groups to opportunities, and most efficiently and effectively leverage volunteers, we are asking one of your group fill out the short survey at to get on the list.  As needs become available we will contact you with specific information regarding volunteer opportunities.  Please be patient. We do our best to effectively coordinate larger groups.

Need Volunteers

Does your organization/business need volunteer assistance?  The priority will be the most vulnerable and urgent needs first but we will assist the whole community, businesses, nonprofits, etc., in preparing for the flood. Contact our volunteer team at

United Way 2-1-1

A primary resource for those in need is United Way 2-1-1. It is available for individuals in need of information or assistance. Unfortunately some cell phone carriers and VOIPs do not recognize the short code 211.  If you are unable to use the short code, please call 319-739-4211 or 1-866-469-2211.

Keep Connected to Alerts

Sign up to receive emergency alerts from the county and keep up to date on the latest announcements.

Visit Linn County's Emergency Management page to learn more.

Resource for Responding to Flooding

Linn Area Partners – Active in Disaster has resources for responding to flooding.

Visit to access them.


Linn Area Partners – Active in Disaster (LAP-AID) is a joint effort of many organizations dedicated to building a better prepared Linn County. In response to the 2008 flood, more than 70 organizations worked to bring dollars, resources and services to Linn County.  From that effort, Linn Area Partners – Active in Disaster (LAP-AID) formed to be ready in the event disaster struck again. LAP-AID aims to empower communities, expedite local response, improve management of volunteers and donations and provide resource for facilitating long-term recovery.