“Your County Manager has just gone to a federally sponsored program on getting volunteers to support the management and administrative side of disaster and recovery portions of emergency management.
The Manager attended a seminar on a program called ‘Professional Volunteer Disaster Survey Team (PRO-V-DST)’ which had been developed in Texas in the mid-1990’s.
She was quite enthusiastic about the program as it provides:
A network of professional building inspectors, structural engineers, and architects to form damage survey teams that could be used by State and local governments in need of help surveying damage and evaluating structures following a …show more content…
The training will provide interaction with what will be familiar faces as they asses the damaged areas.
What difficulties would you have to overcome in implementing a similar program in your county? Although Volunteers providing emergency services are legally protected from civil liability in North Carolina (NC General Statute Section 1- 539.10), convincing the employers of the proposed network of professionals that their policy is protected may cause concern if injury or death occurs as a result of the volunteer work.
Screening, qualifying, and building teams. Create another office within the County’s Office of Emergency Management to manage PRO-V-DST, fund and hire, take away from another department or convince taxpayers at town hall meetings of its benefit. (Teams A and B, different location throughout the county) as professionals, maintenance of licenses and insurance (county liability?) valid license, certificate, or permit
Would this program really be an asset?
Faster recovery means businesses and residents can return to normal life. Burden on County facilities