Coordinators for Neighborhood Emergency Response Teams (NERO)
Assist our NERO manager recruit new NERO teams, strengthening existing ones, and helping neighborhoods and groups be prepared and self-sufficient in a disaster. Getting your own neighborhood started is as easy as arranging one gathering of neighbors. Find out more on our NERO page.
CERT Members (Community Emergency Response Team)
Equip yourself with skills to support your family, business or neighborhood, plus be a member of a light-duty response team to "staff" the island's satellite fire stations as command posts and assignment hubs for CERT teams. Also handle first aid, light rescue, etc. Annual 8-week, 40-hour class are taught on Vashon; involves 8 evenings (once/week) and a couple of weekend practice sessions. Lots of mentoring by experienced CERT members and our fabulous trainers, periodic in-service training and practice also required to keep your skills/knowledge current. This program is the model for all of Washington - well known and top notch. Contact CERT for further information or to sign up for the next course.
Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES)
Vashon-Maury Island Radio Club is a well respected, active ham radio club serving Vashon-Maury island. Their members, with a bit of additional training, form the ranks of the local Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES). Find out more about them on our VMIRC page.
Mass Care & Sheltering
Several volunteers are needed to help set up and operate shelters and feeding operations under American Red Cross guidelines. Receive training in shelter/feeding criteria and operations procedures that the ARC uses nationwide.Find out more here
Vashon Medical Reserve Corps (Vashon MRC)
Licensed medical personnel, EMT's, etc. are needed for emergency medical centers that may be established at VIFR's Penny Farcy training building or the Vashon Health Center in a disaster. Become a Medical Reserve Corps member, assuring proper liability coverage and per-arranged authority to serve.Find out about the Vashon MRC