CAMPAIGN-2: Matching Community Resilience Stakeholders with Plans and Volunteers

Utilization of Volunteers in Public Works

VOLUNTEER UTILIZATION SERIES

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CAPABILITY VIEWPOINT-16: UTILIZATION OF VOLUNTEERS LIKE CERT IN PUBLIC WORKS EXPANSION CADRE SCENARIOS

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PURPOSE: This is part of a series of posts examining various ways volunteers such as CERT have been utilized in the past. The Volunteer Utilization Series posts were preliminarily categorized such that resilience stakeholders with select viewpoints may begin to consider how they could utilize volunteers like CERT as part of an expansion cadre per disaster-category, moving forward. This series is in support of the National Preparedness Goal “Whole Community” approach, and the identified Core Capability “Operational Coordination” which requires communities to establish and maintain a unified and coordinated operational structure and process that appropriately integrates all critical stakeholders and supports the execution of all other core capabilities.

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REFERENCED DHS/FEMA CORE CAPABILITIES ARE HERE:

http://www.fema.gov/core-capabilities

ALL CERT IN ACTION ARTICLES ARE HERE:

http://www.fema.gov/community-emergency-response-teams-cert-action

(direct links only work with the correct i.e. configuration)

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=>SUB-CATEGORY-1 Examine CERT’s usefulness to clean-up and put a community back together after a disaster. Specifically, it is important to protect human life & the environment, remove hazards, debris management, and conduct damage assessments. CERT could be used to restore roads, structures, communications systems, utilities, water, food, supplies, fuel, and more e.g. CERT could be harnessed to assess and fix east cost boardwalk damage, or assist with oil-spill clean-up. See links below:

+CERT IN ACTION: Escambia County, Fla. CERT Tackles Beach Cleanup (Gulf Oil Scenario)

http://www.fema.gov/community-emergency-response-teams-cert-action#escambia

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=>SUB-CATEGORY-2 Utilize CERT for debris removal and restoration of roadways and structures

+CERT IN ACTION: Frankfort/Franklin County, Ky. CERT Gets Muddy Assignment

http://www.fema.gov/community-emergency-response-teams-cert-action#franklin

 

+CERT IN ACTION: Hidden Village, Utah CERT Responds to Canyon Road Landslide

http://www.fema.gov/community-emergency-response-teams-cert-action#hidden

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