While history has identified a need for improved coordination during emergencies, it has also demonstrated that community volunteers positively impact their neighborhoods during times of crisis. Laying out the rationale and process by which emergency managers, community leaders, and non-governmental aid organizations can effectively collaborate and integrate citizen response, Spontaneous Community Volunteers in Disasters explains how to engage, train, and utilize spontaneous unaffiliated community volunteers (SUCV).
The book prepares leaders to integrate local volunteers into any scale emergency response. Protocols and flexible management solutions are outlined to ensure safe and effective planning and execution. Work templates provided can be modified to suit the needs of any community. This accessible manual provides the tools to:
Combining field experience and psychosocial research, the book makes a strong case as to why community involvement in disaster response will have a positive impact on a community’s resilient recovery. Praise for Spontaneous Community Volunteers in Disasters: All emergency management coordinators can benefit from this book. —Howard Butt, New Jersey State Police, State CERT Coordinator
Lisa Orloff has done an excellent job in both identifying a significant opportunity in emergency response and meticulously outlining how that opportunity can best be leveraged. —Dr. Michael Chumer, New Jersey Institute of Technology
The Alliance for Nonprofit Management has nominated the book for the Terry McAdam Award. This award is bestowed upon the Committee's choice for the most inspirational and useful new book published for the nonprofit sector.
What is the minimum number of participants needed for a successful workshop: 25
What is the maximum number of participants: 100
When do you need the final headcount?
7 days before the training date
Do the participants need to register with you?
Yes. To ensure the quality of the program each participant should fill out a survey located at www.resiliencyadvisors .com
What happens if we do not meet the minimum?
The training will be rescheduled and any nonrefundable expenses will be paid by the host city.
What type of facility is needed?
A room with chairs, a projector, laptop that can accommodate a thumb drive with a program that runs PowerPoint, a screen.
What kind of participants should attend?
Volunteer Managers, CERT managers, those responsible for activities in disaster response where they will interact with the public, local leaders.
What is the training based off of?
Managing Spontaneous Community Volunteers in Disaster Response in addition recent lessons learn and constant updates.
The days of traditional outreach are over. Our audience is inundated with emails, tweets, Facebook alerts, and Linked-In pings, all that before they hit their desk a 9am. That’s a lot to compete with!!
We have found that workshop planning has been a challenge for some of our clients as the staff this task is delegated to so we have created a cheat sheet on some best planning practices. Let’s start from the beginning, choosing the right date. If at all possible use a tool such as Doodle to poll your attendees to see what date and time is most convenient for them. Offer diverse options weekday, weeknight, and weekends. By including them early on you are meeting their scheduling needs and also securing their participation and commitment.
Training minus 2 months
After you have chosen the date and have secured your venue spread the word. Create your message and post the information on all your social media outlets including your website, Facebook etc. If your community prefers a flyer or postcard make and distribute them.
Ensure the information includes:
Training minus 1.5 months
Training minus 1 month
Training minus 15 days
Training minus 10 days
Training minus 7 day
Training minus 1 day