"Experience tells us that planning is the key for success in disaster operations. Spontaneous, unaffiliated volunteers will emerge. You can turn them away or engage them to the benefit of the community. You can create VRCs [Volunteer Reception Centers] where you can employ these people to help others. Identify potential sites for the VRC and develop contingency plans in the event that pre-identified sites are unavailable. Some considerations in selecting a site include the provision of adequate space for all VRC functions, availability of parking, accessibility, and proximity to the affected area. Determine what organization is responsible for obtaining the site and paying incurred costs (such as rent, maintenance, damages and utilities) following a disaster."
Coffee Break Training - Command and Control Series No. CC-2013-7
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