Outreach activities will occur in February. The training schedule at this time includes: March 2014 – St. George; May 2014 – Spanish Fork; July 2014 – Ogden. Please check back here for the latest information on Spontaneous Volunteer Management or contact email@example.com for more information.
Spontaneous Volunteer Management:
Setting up a Volunteer Reception Center
The purpose of these trainings is to provide local municipalities with best practices and materials, in order to prepare local communities to handle the management of spontaneous or unaffiliated volunteers in times of disasters (SVM). These trainings will also allow local municipalities the opportunity to self identify with the state, those individuals that are prepared to manage spontaneous volunteers if a larger event were to occur where their skill sets could be called upon.
Volunteers – sometimes hundreds, sometimes thousands – show up to help after a disaster, bringing skills, energy and compassion to the relief effort. These trainings seek to help local communities plan for the coordination of spontaneous and unaffiliated volunteers during disaster recovery efforts.
Each municipality in attendance will receive a “Go-Kit” that will contain all the materials necessary to initially stage a Volunteer Reception Center or VRC. Local municipalities including towns, cities, and counties should identify key players to serve as VRC Managers as well as VRC teams. It is recommended that municipalities send at least 3 individuals to this training and up to 5 individuals per locality.
It is highly recommended that the emergency manager or at least one individual who attends be familiar with NIMS and ICS as well as the local emergency plan in order to provide context to the other individuals in attendance from a specific locality. Materials are derived from FEMA and Points of Light Trainings which incorporate knowledge of emergency management with knowledge of volunteer management to create a cohesive and usable set of skills for volunteer managers.
Topics in the training will include: Disaster Basics, Intro to Spontaneous Volunteers, Intro to Risk Management, National Service and Disasters, Affiliated Volunteers, Donations Management, Virtual Management of Volunteers, VRC Exercise.
For more information on these training opportunities, please contact Tracy Bodily at firstname.lastname@example.org. These trainings are being conducted in coordination with DEM and the Utah Volunteer and Donations Coordination team (VDCT) and the State Emergency Operations Plan.