Volunteer Reception Center recruiting leaders for disaster preparedness

Volunteer leaders will be trained on how to deploy the Snohomish County VRC
Mar 08, 2013

If a disaster were to impact Snohomish County, hundreds of volunteers from across the region would respond, looking for a way to help.

To organize volunteer efforts and immediately begin recovery efforts, a volunteer leadership team is needed. Applications are being accepted through March 15 for this volunteer leadership team.

United Way of Snohomish County and the Snohomish County Department of Emergency Management are assisting with a countywide effort to establish a sustainable volunteer management plan in the event of a disaster.

If a large disaster occurs in our county, the Volunteer Reception Center (VRC) will be a mobile headquarters for organizing spontaneous unaffiliated volunteers.

After the devastating 2011 F-5 tornado in Joplin, Missouri, a VRC began mobilizing the almost 32,000 volunteers that wanted to help.

Because of the well-organized efforts, volunteers immediately began recovery work in the community.

Volunteer leaders will be trained on how to deploy the Snohomish County VRC in the unlikely event of a county-wide disaster.

Volunteers also participate in brief, quarterly trainings over a two-year term.

Nominate yourself, a friend, a colleague, or a family member for a VRC leadership role by Friday, March 15.

To apply, please visit http://www.uwsc.org/volunteerreceptioncenter.php

For more information, please contact Amy Franklin at United Way of Snohomish County amy.franklin@uwsc.org or 425.374.5526.



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