More than 250 emergency responders and volunteers from throughout Wyoming gathered in Riverton, WY on March 14-16 to train, practice and prepare so that they can be ready to respond to help Wyoming residents during disasters large and small.
As part of the conference, the American Red Cross of Wyoming facilitated a volunteer track that shared best practices for volunteer management, provided training related to sheltering and feeding large numbers of people and addressed disaster preparedness. The track was one of five specialty tracks offered for attendees of the free conference, sponsored by the Wyoming Office of Homeland Security, Wyoming Department of Health and the Wyoming State Fire Marshals’ Office.
The Red Cross provided subject matter experts from Wyoming and Colorado, who covered topics including:
• Building local Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD) programs
• Mass care (sheltering and feeding) table-top exercise
• Individual preparedness and organizational preparedness
• How to retain, recognize, and credential volunteers.
About 20 people attended each course. In total, instructors across the five tracks offered more than 15,000 man-hours of instruction at no charge to the attendees – providing a huge boost to the training and preparedness of volunteers and emergency responders across the state.