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Join an Online Disaster Exercise in Volunteer Management

The Points of Light Foundation will hold a free online disaster exercise next Tuesday that will help organizations, agencies, and volunteers be better prepared to respond to disasters.

According to information provided by Points of Light, they are the world’s largest organization dedicated to volunteer service. They mobilize millions of people to take action in various opportunities. They have affiliates in 250 cities and partnerships with thousands of non-profits and corporations. Points of Light engages four million volunteers in 30 million hours of service each year.

They’ve provided the following information about this exercise:

Operation Volunteer Placement allows agencies and organizations tasked with the coordination of spontaneous volunteers during a disaster to exercise their plan in a web-based simulation. Participants work together as a unified team in establishing, managing and demobilizing a Volunteer Reception Center.

This exercise is intended for group interaction and should include local partners involved in the management of disaster volunteers, including EMAs and sister government agencies, VOADs, and other nonprofits. This exercise is self-paced and can be accessed between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. ET. It lasts between 90 minutes and three hours, depending on group interaction. NOTE: While intended for group interaction, each participant should individually register to ensure receipt of post-exercise certificate of participation.

To find out more about this exercise, and to register, visit this site.

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Dana joined the iCarol team in 2013 after 12 years of direct service and administrative duties at a suicide prevention, crisis intervention, and empathetic listening helpline that also served as a 2-1-1 information and referral service. As the Communications and Social Media Manager at iCarol, you'll find her presenting Webinars, Tweeting, Blogging, Facebooking, and producing other materials that aid helplines in their work. In her spare time, Dana enjoys birdwatching, gardening, animal caregiving, and spending time with her family.

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