While Vashon is recognized as a leading community in disaster preparedness, we are still very thin when it comes to functioning 24/7 should a major disaster strike the Island. Help is needed and training will be provided in Emergency Operation Center functions, in sheltering and feeding, neighborhood preparedness, MRC medical operations, CERT Command posts, ARES Local Area Communication Centers (LACC) operations and other of the many areas where we're active.
Let us know of your interest in volunteering: what skills do you have and what's motivated you? Feel free to invite friends to join you in training as it is a rewarding, empowering experience. It all starts with the following form though.
To get started as a volunteer, please register with this web site or complete the following information and email a version to: Volunteer@VashonBePrepared.org.
Volunteer Information Sign-Up Form
Residence (street) address: ____________________________________________
City, zip: _______________, WA ____________
General neighborhood location of your home: ______________________________
Mailing address: ____________________________________________________
City, zip: ____________________, WA __________
Home phone: ________________________
Cell phone: ____________________________ Pager: ____________________
Work phone: ___________________________ Fax: ____________________
If licensed, radio call sign and type of license: _______________________________
Email(s) (indicate preferred): ________________________________________
Are you part of a current neighborhood NERO team? Yes No Uncertain of my neighborhood's status
Have you taken all or part of Vashon's CERT course? Partial All (completed course)
Are you currently a Registered Emergency Worker with State of Washington? Yes No
If so, please bring your card with you to all disaster prep/response functions and give us a copy.
What related Vashon or regional activities/organizations are you currently involved with, and what is your role?
If you have a medical practitioner's license, indicate type, license # and expiration date
Are you registered with the Medical Reserve Corps, King County? Yes No
If you already know what they are, indicate your primary and secondary roles with Vashon's disaster response efforts. If you don't yet have a niche, what are your interests?
What languages other than English do you speak/read well enough to provide basic translator services?
Summarize your skills/resources pertinent to disaster prep & response and all of VashonBePrepared's endeavors (everything from construction to tech to PR to cooking for large groups to all of our EOC functions):
(Help out: we need to improve this process, perhaps following a neat model like that at www.kcls.org/volunteer - or something else. Any of you have a good ideas for this?)
VashonBePrepared is all about volunteering!
If you are motivated to help out, congratulations. Here is a list of actions you can take. There's many opportunities to start prepare yourself, your family and business, and neighborhood - but just start with one. Consider enlisting another to work with and tackle these in any order you wish!