An Introduction to Emergency Preparedness
Volunteers play a key role both during and after disasters. These individuals bring new energy, knowledge, and important experience. In order to make the most out of volunteers, planning should be a major step in regard to emergency preparedness.
The Colorado Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management has put together a series of interviews regarding disaster recovery efforts. In an interview between Colorado State Recovery Officer, Jim Raymond, and Spark the Change Colorado CEO, Kristy Judd, the two discuss what to consider when planning for a potential emergency and leveraging volunteer talent. Creating a needs assessment is an important first step for agencies. The needs assessment should address the types of volunteers desired, the skills your organization may be looking for, when/where volunteers are needed most. By completing a thorough needs assessment, volunteers will have a clear picture of what to expect. For the full interview, follow this link and if you are interested in watching more videos regarding disaster recovery efforts in Colorado, click here.
Along with creating a needs assessment, agencies can look to Colorado Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (COVOAD). The mission of COVOAD is to encourage more efficient service delivery to people affected by disaster in the State of Colorado. COVOAD achieves this by facilitating effective cooperation, coordination, communication, and collaboration at all community levels, and by providing a platform to foster partnerships among non-profit and faith-based organizations, the private sector, and government agencies. The COVOAD website has a page dedicated to emergency management resources. Click here to visit their resource library.
If there is an issue related to emergency preparedness your agency is interested in learning more about, leave a comment below. We hope this blog series becomes a helpful resource for agencies across Colorado and address the most pressing issues related to volunteer management.