Emergency Preparedness Ready Kits
Have a kit in your car and stock it with food, water, first aid kit, flares, jumper cables, blankets change of clothes, a shovel, flashlight, windshield scraper, battery powered radio, and kitty litter. Have two kits in your house, one for if you have to leave and one if you’re stuck in your house. Make sure everyone knows where those are.
Purchase disposable water bottles, canned foods, dry mixes, and other staples that do not require refrigeration, water, or cooking. Be sure to pay attention to the expiration date. Make sure to check your kit every six months; remove items that have expired and replace them. Continue to update your kit as your needs change.
Make copies of your important documents, like deeds, birth certificates, and insurance papers, and put one set in your emergency kit. If you have pets include their ID’s and veterinarian records.
VOLUNTEER RECEPTION CENTER
A Volunteer Reception Center is the place where the “spontaneous volunteers” go for intake, orientation, safety info, and work assignments. Since people have different skills, and every disaster calls for something different, this is a great way to organize the volunteer effort. This is a way to handle the intake of of people who want to volunteer.
“A Volunteer Reception Center (VRC) provides a place where
large numbers of volunteers can be efficiently processed
and referred to agencies needing their services.” – Unaffiliated Volunteers in Response and Recovery.
SALT was asked by the Schoharie County Office of Emergency Management to facilitate a Volunteer Reception Center. Right now we’re planning where the Volunteer Reception Center would be located for different kinds of disasters and working with partners for resources. We are also recruiting and training volunteers to staff the Volunteer Reception Center.
SALT is seeing volunteers who are interested in being “on call” for local disaster recovery efforts.