Welcome fellow VOAD members, new members, and community members from the Rio Grande and the San Luis Valley. Can you believe that 2019 is almost complete, and 2020 is now just days away?
The SLV VOAD website is officially live! Although it is still a work in progress, it looks great, is user-friendly, and serves our purpose to spread the message throughout the San Luis Valley. The mission of Faith-Based and Community Service Partnership for Disaster is to aid the community recovery plans by developing and implementing a holistic approach to disaster recovery, maximizing public and private resources to facilitate an efficient and effective integrated system. Including human services, housing, infrastructure, community, and economic development issues.
You can visit the website at https://www.slvvoad.org/, and we now can accept monetary donations through the website. All donations will go directly to the 'SLV GIVES' account. You have the option to select which county you would like to donate to. All funds received will be saved for future disaster response and recovery efforts.
Spark The Change Colorado is officially up and running as well. This is a database for all volunteers, ages 16 years and up, can register and signup to volunteer with the SLV VOAD. Registration is simple. Visit https://www.sparkthechangecolorado.org/ and type in your county where you live under the 'location' tab, and it will pull up the open volunteering opportunities in your area. There is a one time $11 fee per person, which does a basic criminal background check on all of our volunteers.
Saturday, January 25th, from 9 a.m. to noon, an ICS100/700 course for volunteers and community members will be held at the Rio Grande County Annex building located at 965 6th Street, Del Norte, and is free to attend. Everyone is welcome, but we do ask that you sign up and register at https://www.train.org/colorado/course/1070028/live_event to reserve your spot. This seminar will help prepare personnel to respond to emergencies and disasters. Classroom interaction will enhance participants' understanding of how NIMS and ICS principles are applied within their jurisdiction.
Friday, February 7th, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., the VOAD and Red Cross will host its first official mutual-aid meeting at the DFPC Building located at 5858 Budweiser Way, in Alamosa. If you are interested in attending, RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org so that we can provide lunch for everyone attending. If you are interested in volunteering for either the Red Cross or SLV VOAD or both, you won't want to miss this opportunity.
Natural Gas Outage in Del Norte
Thank you to all of our mutual-aid partners, including Xcel Energy, for your help in bringing the town of Del Norte back to normal operations after an equipment failure on a natural gas line early morning on Saturday, December 14, 2019. The outage lasted about 18 hours, ended by an army of 170 Xcel Energy emergency workers from across Colorado who descended on the town. For more information, please visit the following links to news articles with more specifics on the outage.
Big Shout-Out to our friends and partners at The South Fork Tines.
Building relationships within all facets of the community is meaningful, especially in times of an emergency. Thanks to our friends at The South Fork Tines, an article was published on Saturday, December 14th, which promotes the importance of the VOAD and the purpose of having a solid group of volunteers and organizations who can assist during a disaster or emergency. For more information, please visit the following link with more specifics on the VOAD. https://southforktines.com/article/new-emergency-manager-creates-voad-site-for-valley