Expert Academy on LiL
5 Completed Sessions
Last Session:
Thu Feb 5 2015 at 05:00 pm EST
Last Log-in:
Wed Feb 25 2015 at 02:26 pm EST
On Learn It Live Since:
Tuesday May 13, 2014
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About Disaster Preparedness and Response
Group Classes (5)
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Disasters often evoke an outpouring of individuals wanting to be a part of response and relief activities. These individuals, although well-intentioned, are rarely trained and can add to the already overtaxed resources available to assist the impacted community. This online training will help organizations manage spontaneous volunteers effectively.
In the event of a disaster, it is important that community organizations and businesses can continue to operate. This is especially true for those organizations who provide essential services to community members, as many small organizations and businesses do. This session explores the concept of Continuity of Operations Planning in order to be prepared in case of such an event. We will look at elements of the plan and planning process, including community partnerships for mutual aid and support; staff and volunteer safety and accountability; and back filling of positions vacated by disaster response or other activities.
Nearly every large-scale disaster evokes an outpouring of individuals wanting to be involved in response and relief activities. These individuals, although well-intentioned, are rarely trained, experienced, or certified in any official disaster response function, and therefore can often add to the already overtaxed resources available to assist the impacted community. This session will explore the issue of these spontaneous, unaffiliated volunteers and provide some thoughts on how to address the issue efficiently and effectively. We will look at ideas for messaging regarding these individuals as well as what motivates them. The session also includes an overview of the Volunteer Reception Center (VRC) and the roles and responsibilities required in managing a successful VRC.