Volunteer for the Code Enforcement Disaster Assistance Response (CEDAR)

The Department of State Division of Building Standards and Codes (DBSC) Code Enforcement Disaster Assistance Response (CEDAR) Program provides requesting communities with timely, appropriate post-disaster assistance as part of the statewide coordinated effort under the leadership of the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services Office of Emergency Management, and in accordance with Executive Law 2-B. The program’s initial disaster response focuses on performing Rapid Evaluation Safety Assessments of damaged structures in affected communities for use as part of the application process to request federal disaster assistance through FEMA. The CEDAR program’s long-term disaster response will provide a unified method that allows communities to access the broad range of resources available within the Department of State, and, with the cooperation of other state agencies and private partners, resources beyond the Department of State.

Who can be a CEDAR Team Volunteer?

  • Certified Code Enforcement Officials
  • Certified Building Safety Inspectors
  • Registered Design Professionals
  • Others with specialized skills, knowledge or abilities

What is the process to volunteer? [Read more…]