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Highlights of 2006 and 2007 Grant Related Activities (Funded by Rotary, FEMA and King County)
Four satellite phones.
Stockpile of two years of personal gear for CERT classes.
Voice of Vashon emergency broadcast improvements
Voice of Vashon feasibility test of licensed on-air, Island-wide “TIS” system.
Radio cache for a sixth Local Area Communications Center.
Medicine, backboards, supplies for trauma center.
Emergency food and cooking equipment, water distribution“bladders,” container storage for shelter equipment.
Training/Recruiting/Public Awareness & Education
Historic community-wide preparedness and awareness drill (VIFR newsletter & other indirect support).
Numerous paid/unpaid ads and community events for recruiting of volunteers.
Distribution of several thousand household preparedness checklists.
Neighborhood Emergency Response Organizations increased from about 20 to over 80 neighborhoods.
Two CERT classes (savings of VIFR CERT budget).
New Community Contacts Team formed for crowd/rumor control.
Intensive weekend seminar for volunteer support in trauma center.
Purchase of volunteer management software to aid certifications, tracking of hours, regular communications to volunteer base to aid retention and training.
Training for emergency food service volunteers.
Conservative estimate of 4,865 hours in 2006.
System for tracking hours not yet in place (volunteer management software pending).
Includes only hours estimated by a poll of eleven active individuals.
Does not include participants in CERT courses, EOC team drills, ARES drills, other group activity participants.
Conservative estimate of value of hours =$97,300
Value based on study by UPS Foundation which set a value of $20 on volunteer hours
Many of these volunteers receive pay far above $20 per hour in their professional lives.