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1 Engaging People with Disabilities in Volunteerism: Emergency Response This program is funded by the WV Department of Homeland Security, WV Citizen Corps, and The Arc of the Mid Ohio Valley WV Department of Homeland Security

2 Todays Purpose 1. Understanding the 4 phases of emergency management and where you fit in 2. Identifying what role you as an individuals or your organization can play in the recruiting and supporting volunteers in the event of a disaster. 3. Identifying what needs you may have for utilizing volunteers in the event of a disaster.

3 Todays Tasks List ways you would like to volunteer to help other individuals or agencies during a disaster or emergency Determine what concerns/hesitations you have about volunteering during a disaster or emergency Review process to become a volunteer and possible affiliations

4 Wherever there is a human being, there is an opportunity for a kindness. ~Seneca Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. ~Leo Buscaglia

5 PREVENTING A DISASTER WITHIN A DISASTER How to Successfully Utilize Spontaneous/Unaffiliated Volunteers

6 PREVENTING A DISASTER WITHIN A DISASTER All communities are susceptible to disaster whether natural or manmade; for example, flood, fire, chemical explosion, hazardous materials exposure, or disease outbreak.

7 When Are Volunteers Needed? PLANNING OR PREPAREDNESS PHASE Proactive efforts undertaken by individuals, groups, and communities to place themselves in a better state of readiness to withstand or avoid the immediate impact of any type of disaster Proactive efforts undertaken by individuals, groups, and communities to place themselves in a better state of readiness to withstand or avoid the immediate impact of any type of disaster

8 Recruit Volunteers to Participate in Drills

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10 When Are Volunteers Needed? RESPONSE PHASE This occurs from the moment an incident takes place through the time that basic emergency human and community needs have been met through rescue operations, mass shelter, mass feeding, and overall stabilization of the disaster-affected community This occurs from the moment an incident takes place through the time that basic emergency human and community needs have been met through rescue operations, mass shelter, mass feeding, and overall stabilization of the disaster-affected community

11 Belleville, WV Tornado – Who Would Have Ever Expected It?

12 People With Disabilities in Volunteer Roles

13 When Are Volunteers Needed? RECOVERY PHASE Recovery follows the response period and may extend for several years after a disaster. Recovery follows the response period and may extend for several years after a disaster. Disaster recovery relates to the collaborative efforts of individuals, communities, and all levels of government, the private sector, the non-profit sector, and others to re-establish a sense of normalcy, development and growth Disaster recovery relates to the collaborative efforts of individuals, communities, and all levels of government, the private sector, the non-profit sector, and others to re-establish a sense of normalcy, development and growth

14 Disaster Volunteer Coordination Allows first responders such as EMS, Fire, and Police to focus on their duties without added responsibility of managing volunteers Allows first responders such as EMS, Fire, and Police to focus on their duties without added responsibility of managing volunteers

15 Disaster Volunteer Coordination Communities can respond to and heal from disasters more effectively when volunteer efforts are well managed Communities can respond to and heal from disasters more effectively when volunteer efforts are well managed

16 Affiliated Volunteers People who are already trained, certified, background- checked, linked to an organization, etc. In the aftermath of a disaster, hundreds or thousands of volunteers are motivated to respond. In the aftermath of a disaster, hundreds or thousands of volunteers are motivated to respond. People who make a pre-disaster decision to become disaster volunteers and take training to prepare themselves will NOT become spontaneous, unaffiliated volunteers. People who make a pre-disaster decision to become disaster volunteers and take training to prepare themselves will NOT become spontaneous, unaffiliated volunteers. To provide meaningful assistance in the immediate aftermath of a disaster, agencies must have pre-disaster volunteer recruitment, orientation, and training. To provide meaningful assistance in the immediate aftermath of a disaster, agencies must have pre-disaster volunteer recruitment, orientation, and training. Red Cross, Medical Reserve Corps, CERT Teams, Volunteer Fire Departments, Salvation Army, Boy Scout Leaders, etc. Red Cross, Medical Reserve Corps, CERT Teams, Volunteer Fire Departments, Salvation Army, Boy Scout Leaders, etc.

17 Unaffiliated Volunteers Men who grab their chain-saws, jump in their trucks and go to the disaster site; Women who gather clothing and diapers; People who show up to cook, clean, take care of children, etc. Not everyone has time, due to work or family commitments, to get trained and affiliated with a relief organization before a disaster occurs. Not everyone has time, due to work or family commitments, to get trained and affiliated with a relief organization before a disaster occurs. Katrina, 9/11, and other disasters have shown us that although untrained, hundreds or thousands of people wanting to volunteer converge on disaster sites. Katrina, 9/11, and other disasters have shown us that although untrained, hundreds or thousands of people wanting to volunteer converge on disaster sites. To provide assistance as an unaffiliated volunteer (spontaneous), people should be able to watch the media for information on how to participate as a volunteer in an organized manner. To provide assistance as an unaffiliated volunteer (spontaneous), people should be able to watch the media for information on how to participate as a volunteer in an organized manner.

18 Why Are Trained Volunteers Needed? Mobilize Mobilize Manage Manage Register Register Refer Refer

19 Why Do People With Disabilities Volunteer? For the same reasons as anyone else: For the same reasons as anyone else: they want to contribute their time and energy to improving the quality of life. they want to contribute their time and energy to improving the quality of life. They want challenging, rewarding, educational service projects that address needs of a community They want challenging, rewarding, educational service projects that address needs of a community Provide them with outlets for their enthusiasm and talents. Provide them with outlets for their enthusiasm and talents.

20 Let me Introduce You To…. Kelly Ann Collins She lives in Parkersburg with her husband of 22 years and has two young adult daughters. Her laugh is contagious and she is NEVER without a smile. She is the first out the door for 5:00 am shopping on Black Friday!

21 Her favorite sandwich is sausage & onion with mayo. She is known Parkersburg for the girl who landed in a tree while skydiving and having to be rescued by the fire department. She volunteers for The Arc and has been Bible School Director for 15 years. She is a WV Interstate Fairboard member, was 4-H camp director last year, and is charge of the food booth at he Belleville Homecoming.

22 She was PTA president & boxtop chairman for years. She hates it when people make over her and dislikes attention. She has won a Presidential Service Award for volunteerism and she & her husband were WV Volunteers of the year. She has a blue van, brown hair, paralysis, blindness in one eye, and Lupus.

23 As you can see Kelly has likes and dislikes. Her disability is only one of many characteristics of what makes her. More important than her disability label are her interests, strengths, and unique personality.

24 Kelly is definitely not her diagnosis. Her potential cannot be defined by her disability. She is simply a woman, whose method of mobility is a wheelchair, who has to use modifications when using a computer, and who sometimes needs assistance in some areas.

25 It is imperative to look beyond the label! If thats only what people saw in this situation, they would have missed out on years and thousands of hours! Not seeing a person in terms of their skills, hobbies, interests, and talents can result in some very loyal, productive and valued volunteers to be overlooked!

26 What About You/Your Organization? In the event of disaster, the coordinated, suitable deployment of volunteers will be a crucial function. In the event of disaster, the coordinated, suitable deployment of volunteers will be a crucial function. You or your organization may You or your organization may NEED volunteers to assist those you serve or NEED volunteers to assist those you serve or HAVE volunteers that other agencies can utilize HAVE volunteers that other agencies can utilize A common volunteer mobilization center that will take responsibility for this influx and deployments is essential to eliminating a disaster within a disaster. A common volunteer mobilization center that will take responsibility for this influx and deployments is essential to eliminating a disaster within a disaster.

27 Help with mass care operations… Help with mass care operations… Food Food Shelter Shelter Distribution of food/supplies Distribution of food/supplies Cleaning – inside and outside Cleaning – inside and outside Clerical support Clerical support Data Entry/computer/tech support Data Entry/computer/tech support Where Might People With Disabilities Fit In?

28 Inventory/packing/distributing donated items Inventory/packing/distributing donated items Supporting other special needs populations Supporting other special needs populations Distribution of ID Badges Distribution of ID Badges Food Preparation Crews Food Preparation Crews Greeters/Receptionists Greeters/Receptionists Animal care/rescue/sheltering Animal care/rescue/sheltering Where Might People With Disabilities Fit In?

29 Re-stocking medical supplies Re-stocking medical supplies Child care Child care Specialized equipment operators Specialized equipment operators Shoppers/runners Shoppers/runners Telephone operators Telephone operators

30 How Can You Help? Encourage your organization or you individually to discuss ways in which you could assist with disaster relief. Encourage your organization or you individually to discuss ways in which you could assist with disaster relief. Consider your group members, their interests and skills and the time they might have available after a disaster. Consider your group members, their interests and skills and the time they might have available after a disaster. Seek out training to prepare you for the service youd like to provide. Seek out training to prepare you for the service youd like to provide.

31 Inclusive Service Environments An inclusive service environment embraces all people, regardless of disability, and reaches out to individuals with disabilities at all levels – from first time participants to board members. In an inclusive service environment, people with disabilities are welcomed and valued for their contributions as individuals. The presence of a disability is not seen as a detriment, but valued as part of the range of human diversity.

32 Volunteers People with disabilities who volunteer, online or onsite, are first and foremost volunteers, not disabled volunteers. People with disabilities who volunteer, online or onsite, are first and foremost volunteers, not disabled volunteers. Bringing people with disabilities into a volunteer program should be conducted in the same spirit as it is for those without disabilities. Bringing people with disabilities into a volunteer program should be conducted in the same spirit as it is for those without disabilities. Just as with all volunteers, consider people with disabilities first and foremost as individuals with specific talents and resources to offer your agency. Just as with all volunteers, consider people with disabilities first and foremost as individuals with specific talents and resources to offer your agency. A volunteer's disability should only be considered in the context of deciding what accommodations will work best for that volunteer. A volunteer's disability should only be considered in the context of deciding what accommodations will work best for that volunteer.

33 Volunteers If your organization is mindful of its actions, attitudes and behaviors regarding working with people with disabilities, you can create an environment at your agency where all volunteers feel welcomed. If your organization is mindful of its actions, attitudes and behaviors regarding working with people with disabilities, you can create an environment at your agency where all volunteers feel welcomed. Think about a person you know with a disability you know personally, such as a relative. You probably see this person as an individual, a friend, a father, a mother, a cousin -- a person first. Keep this "person first" attitude with your volunteers, regardless of their disability. Think about a person you know with a disability you know personally, such as a relative. You probably see this person as an individual, a friend, a father, a mother, a cousin -- a person first. Keep this "person first" attitude with your volunteers, regardless of their disability.

34 Everybody can be great, because anybody can serve. You don't have to have a college degree to serve. You don't have to make your subject and your verb agree to serve.... You don't have to know the second theory of thermodynamics in physics to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love. ~Martin Luther King, Jr.


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