Interested in helping your community recovery after disasters, but don’t know how to get involved? The Volunteer Emergency Team (VET) may be the perfect fit!
When disaster strikes, first responders such as fire fighters, police officers and medical staff are on the job. But what happens when the dust settles and the clean-up begins? It then becomes the responsibility of dedicated volunteers to clear debris, distribute water and hand out blankets. Community members are needed to help coordinate these spontaneous volunteers. In Fairfax County, we look to our Volunteer Emergency Team (VET) to assist in coordinating these efforts. This group of dedicated individuals assist in an emergency by organizing and deploying volunteers to agencies through a clearing house known as a Volunteer Reception Center (VRC). A VRC is used to screen and assign spontaneous volunteers. The VRC is managed by Volunteer Fairfax (by activation of Fairfax County) and supported by VET members. Members provide support by helping set up a VRC and staff positions during VRC operations. Roles vary between administrative to logistics support.
No emergency management/first-responder experience is required! VET members must be 18 years old, or older.