Monday, July 21, 2008

Volunteer Database In The Works

VOAD is building a list of skilled volunteers in order to be ready for the next emergency. From Senator Erpenbach's newsletter:

State Launches Volunteer Initiative – In the wake of spring floods, the
Citizen Corps Council and the Wisconsin Voluntary Organizations Active in
Disaster (VOAD) have launched an initiative to encourage and prepare Wisconsin
citizens to volunteer during emergencies and disasters.

The partnership will also work with local governments to better use and
incorporate volunteers in disaster response and recover plans. Over 35 different
nonprofit disaster service organizations and more than 200 local chapters are
listed at .

Additionally, a statewide volunteer registry currently in development will
allow citizens to enroll in a volunteer database, giving emergency responders
the ability to search for volunteers with particular skills – medical training
or permits to use heavy machinery, for example – and call on them when the need

Go take a look.

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