Utah Disaster Corps
To increase the disaster response readiness of our AmeriCorps portfolio and the State of Utah by maintaining an organized team of members ready to respond to state or federally declared disasters. UServeUtah will provide member development opportunities to members interested in the emergency management and disaster response fields.
Members will commit to quarterly training sessions throughout their service year. Sessions will be a mix of webinars and in person training. The trainings will focus on basic disaster response skills and knowledge. This group would be the commission’s first line of contact for activation and/or deployment as part of an AmeriCorps Utah response to a federal or state declared disaster in Utah. Alums of the Utah Disaster Corps would be encouraged to remain engaged in the disaster response realm as skilled volunteers.
The Utah Disaster Corps shall consist of approximately 24 members throughout the state, with no more than a few members from any given program.
An open application will be made available to AmeriCorps members throughout the grant year beginning with 2018-2019. A link to information on the Corps and the application will be placed on the banner located on the IPT home page. Members with one or more years of prior service may receive preference in selection. Applicants will be selected at the discretion of the National Service Staff at UServeUtah.
The Corps will be open to all AmeriCorps State members that are serving in at least a half time position. Members will be required to gain prior approval from their program director in order to participate. Verification that the member has at least 20 hours available for member development will also be required.
Training may consist of the following or similar topics:
- AmeriCorps Disaster Response 101
- Spontaneous Volunteer Management Training / Supporting a Volunteer Reception Center
- Basic First Aid
- Risk Management
- Personal Safety and Protective Equipment
- WebEOC and Intro to the State Emergency Response Team
- You are the Help Until Help Arrives - FEMA
Utah Disaster Corps Terminology:
- Activation: A member is considered activated in response to a disaster when they receive disaster response assignments within or near their own local service area. UServeUtah approval is required prior to to activation.
- Deployment: A member is considered deployed when assigned to a disaster response outside their local service area where room and board would be required. UServeUtah approval is required prior to to deployment.