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Connecting Volunteers and Disaster Response

Post Date:07/10/2018 9:22 AM
Volunteers are perhaps never more important than during a disaster like the recent flooding in Central Iowa - helping prepare, comfort, and recover. They are often a critical part of putting communities back together following any type of disaster. But finding and keeping track of those volunteers can be a challenge.

VolunteerSiouxland, Siouxland’s online volunteer center, is rolling out a new Disaster Response feature that helps meet that challenge. Developed in collaboration with a state level commission tasked with disaster relief support and volunteer agencies along the East and Gulf coasts, the new feature allows volunteers interested in being a part of disaster response to sign up at any time. Communication tools built into the feature then make reaching out to these volunteers almost instantaneous when needed.

By completing their Disaster Response profile, volunteers can provide critical information such as special skills, blood type, willingness to travel, training, and other helpful data. All of this aids disaster management teams recruit, place, and track volunteers during a time of emergency.

“We’re happy to be able to supplement the great work already being done in the community for disaster preparedness,” said Co-Founder Kevin Engel-Cartie. “This will hopefully help identify a pool of skilled volunteers ready and willing to assist if a disaster should strike the region.”

In addition to individuals, the new feature allows agencies helping with disaster-related response to post their own needs for volunteers to view and respond to, making it easy for spontaneous and unaffiliated volunteers to help as well.

The volunteer profile for disaster response is available now and volunteers that have already joined VolunteerSiouxland are encouraged to complete their profile if interested. Volunteers that are not yet part of VolunteerSiouxland but are interested in helping with disaster response can join VolunteerSiouxland for FREE and complete their disaster response profile at any time.

More information can be found at volunteersiouxland.org/disaster-response/ or by e-mailing info@volunteersiouxland.org.
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