Volunteers in Disaster

Hands On Sacramento is designated by the County of Sacramento to manage and coordinate the volunteer response In disasters and emergencies through the following ongoing efforts:

Emergency Volunteer Center

The Emergency Volunteer Center (EVC) provides a specific location or website where disaster volunteers can be efficiently and effectively deployed. The EVC is staffed by a trained corps of volunteers capable of screening, interviewing and referring spontaneous unaffiliated volunteers to help in disaster recovery efforts. The EVC ensures that those who wish to assist are processed and utilized based on their skills, therefore, enhancing local volunteer disaster response and recovery.

Emergency Volunteer Corps

The Emergency Volunteer Corps are pre-trained, volunteers who, in disaster, would be called-upon by Hands On Sacramento to assist with staffing the Emergency Volunteer Center. Outside of disasters and emergencies, these volunteers may participate in local disaster drills and emergency preparedness trainings. Find out how to become a member of the Emergency Volunteer Corps on the Disaster and Emergency Services page(link to page) of Hands On Connect.

Sacramento Region Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD)

Communication, Coordination, Cooperation – Sacramento Region VOAD is a coalition of faith and community-based organizations, including but not limited to: congregations, organizations such as: Hands On Sacramento, Salvation Army, American Red Cross, food banks, 2-1-1 Sacramento, FEMA, and the state/city/county Office of Emergency Services. Sacramento Region VOAD is part of a national network of VOAD organizations. The VOAD network responds to disasters more effectively by working and planning together before disasters strike. Once disasters occur, a VOAD is ready to respond with resources, volunteers and coordination of services to those who need assistance during and after a disaster.

For more information, contact Valeri Mihanovich, Director Disaster Services at (916) 447-7063 x101 or VMihanovich@communitylinkcr.org

Read More – link to Disaster and Emergency Services page of Hands On Connect