If you run a disaster volunteer (the title of this blog) program, you know that often you are left waiting, waiting, waiting for something to happen. I know its a bit of perverse thing to do; but thats a different blog post.
My co-workers and volunteers often hear me say "volunteers don't join us to sit on a database, they volunteer to do!"
There are some certainties that having active volunteers will fulfill.The WHY!
- Active volunteers are happier and stay with programs longer
- Active volunteers tell their friend what they do (think free advertising)
- Active volunteers get noticed when they are doing (Think free advertising)
- Active volunteers can help move your mission/program forward
MRC (Medical Reserve Corps)
- Providing health checks at community fairs (tailor what you check to the audience)
- Augmenting the Public Health mission - whatever you can do to help
- Preparedness training for vulnerable populations in your area
- Red Cross shelter training
- First Aid training
- AED training
- Cultural competency training
- Radiological training/briefing
- HAM radio (for warning and notifications)
- Teaching Preparedness training for the community (vulnerable pops, kids, etc.)
- First Aid
- Shelter Training
- Community education (excuse me, did you know you live in a flood plain?)
- Other ideas - Here
- Pet sheltering training
- Teach Fire education in schools
- Teach Fire education with vulnerable populations
- Inspection and education (while they may not be able to do official inspections, they can augment your current program)
I know I missed some ideas (please give me input and I'll add to the list allowing everyone to benefit from our collective wisdom)
And most of all I listed only three types of disaster volunteers, you are welcome to add to my list.
Thanks for reading