Volunteering in an emergency. Two main ways are, preparedness or getting ready to perform mission essential traffic, linking sites etc. Preparedness is done ahead of time with the buyin of the organization your helping. They won't likely buy in unless you can assure them that Amateur radio will significantly contribute to their success during emergencies. You will need to understand what they consider success, it's not always self evident. Preparedness is also getting your self ready to provide service for a couple of days. What do you need to do this. The next is actually responding to the emergency as agreed upon or when asked, identifying what is simply needed and just simply doing it. Much easier said, than done! We have to provide consistent service, in disaster areas. The vast majority of people in non profit leadership, do not understand the benefit of communication with amateur radio, when their smart phones fail. They have never experienced it before. The also listen to sharp dressed phone salesmen who don't make money with ham radio. It behooves all of us to prepare ourselfs to address this in the areas we want to serve ahead of time, make those contacts now, and network to serve.