Yolo County is appreciative of the people who have volunteered and helped county staff respond to previous events. Often, people will call up during the disaster and offer to help. While this is appreciated, it is generally preferred to work with volunteers who are known ahead of time. This allows the County to know the skills and training of the volunteers, and the volunteers to know the structure within which they will be working. There are different ways of accomplishing this.
- Sign up with an affiliated agency, such as the Red Cross. During a disaster, that agency will call you out and provide assignments according to their protocol.
- Register with the County directly. This can be through an established volunteer group, but participation in such a group is not required.
Established Volunteer Groups
The following groups have members who have registered as DSWs.
Yolo County Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES). This is a group of amateur radio operators who provide their services as part of the American Radio Relay League's outreach to emergency preparedness capabilities.
UC Davis Veterinary Emergency Response Team (VERT). This is a group of veterinarians and veterinary students who provide animal rescue support in times of large scale disaster.
Disaster Healthcare volunteers
Disaster Healthcare Volunteers is a state sponsored program where medical professionals register with the state so credentials can be validated before the emergency strikes.
Another option is the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program. CERT training is primarily geared to assist people to help themselves and their neighbors in times of emergency, but could also be used to assist in large scale emergencies.
Yolo County does not have a CERT program for the unincorporated area, however there are programs in the City of Davis, the City of West Sacramento and the City of Woodland. All these programs are coordinated through the Fire Departments.
Red Cross Training: Beyond links to general preparedness resources, the Red Cross offers a number of training opportunities for the general public.
For those interested in basic information about the framework under which emergency responders work when dealing with disaster, visit: online training courses through FEMA. IS-100 (Introduction to Incident Command System) and IS-700 (Introduction to National Incident Management System) are good places to start.
For more information about helping during a disaster please contact the Office of Emergency Services at (530) 666-8150