The article imbedded in the above link ran this week in one of my LinkedIn groups. It along with some conversations I had with several folks around the country about how this works brought up the fact that some disaster volunteer programs get it backwards. They go get volunteers then try to make their experience relevant! Huh? What?
If you haven't thought through what you are going to do with your disaster volunteers until the disaster happens, don't place that advertisement. First do a few things:
- What are they being recruited to do in a disaster situation?
- Until then how will you help them become trained for that situation?
- Job descriptions
- Job Cards (on the job refresher training)
- Safety steps (protect them)
- processing on and off the job
- Training to keep them interested and excited
- Real world missions that give them the satisfaction of helping NOW