Conference Spotlight: Maximizing Manpower during Disasters

Jennifer Styles, Project Specialist, Volunteers in Police Service

During the evening of May 22, 2011, an EF-4 tornado struck the town of Joplin, Missouri. By dawn, 400 volunteers had arrived on scene to help. By 11:00 AM there were 1,500, and by mid-afternoon volunteers totaled 3,400. When a disaster strikes, volunteers will arrive on scene to help. Having a plan to deal with this influx of people is essential to public safety.

Come join the Volunteers in Police Service (VIPS) Program at the IACP 2012 Conference in San Diego for the Maximizing Manpower During Disasters workshop. Recent disasters have shown that law enforcement volunteers can play a valuable role in supplementing disaster preparation, response, and recovery efforts, but they must be managed efficiently. This workshop explores how to plan for, train, and manage affiliated and spontaneous volunteers. A panel of law enforcement executives and volunteer managers will share experiences and lessons learned from working with volunteers during floods, tornadoes, hurricanes, and other natural and man-made disasters.

Join us on Sunday, September 30 from 3:30 to 5:00PM in room 11A.

For those not able to attend conference or looking to follow up afterward, the VIPS Program recently released a new e-learning course, VIPS and Disaster Response which covers these concepts in detail. Click here for more information and to register.

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