Region 22 Emergency Management, in cooperation with Region 22 Community Organizations Active in Disaster is developing a group of volunteers to meet the needs of our citizens in times of disaster.
The initial development meeting will be held on Thursday, October 20th at 5:30 PM in the Emergency Operations Center of the Public Safety Building, 1801 Avenue B in Scottsbluff.
Region 22 Emergency Management Director Tim Newman says this group will meet monthly, attend training and be credentialed with an official photo ID badge.
It is being developed to prepare for specific needs, instead of just being names on a list to call in case of disaster.
The group will be called the Region 22 Disaster Force and each member will receive training in one or more of the following areas:
• Volunteer Reception Center – This function is trained to open and staff a center where other spontaneous volunteers will be processed.
• Shelter Management – Working with the Red Cross, these people will be trained in opening and staffing a shelter with local resources, until the Red Cross can arrive with more resources.
• Rapid Damage Assessment – This group would go out and assess damage and the need for resources and report back to the EOC.
• County Animal Response Team – This group would be trained to open and run a shelter for pets and animals in case a disaster that displaces them.
• Donations Management Assistance Response Team – This group would be trained to solicit, accept, warehouse and distribute donated items so they can be most effectively used during a disaster.
• EOC Managers – This group assists in the opening and management of the Emergency Operations Center when it is opened for emergencies and disasters.
In addition, this group will also help the Scottsbluff Fire Department develop their Fire Corps volunteer group.
Newman says this meeting is being held to create and organize the Region 22 Disaster Force. By the end of the one to two-hour meeting, leaders hope to identify “Team Captains” who will help guide and develop the organization, establish the monthly meeting night, schedule the training to be offered at the monthly meetings, and listen to everyone’s input and incorporate new ideas.
For more information, please contact Region 22 Emergency Management Director Tim Newman at (308) 436-6689 or email@example.com