Welcome fellow VOAD members. September and October have been two hectic months in the San Luis Valley.
The month of September was recognized as National Emergency Preparedness Month https://www.ready.gov/september, in which the VOAD and other emergency preparedness organizations hosted our first workshop, titled "How To Prepare for Everything." The purpose of the workshop was to learn how to prepare for disruptions, rather than significant disasters. Author Aaron Titus, How To Prepare For Everything, explains that "we cannot control the disasters that occur around us, but if we translate the disasters into disruptions, we have more power over how we respond to the disruptions that the disasters cause." For more information on Aaron Titus and his matrix, please visit https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/274311372/how-to-prepare-for-everything.
The website for the San Luis Valley VOAD is near complete! Thanks to Tiernan Doyle, Boulder County's VOAD Coordinator and the County of Rio Grande, the website will be set up to accept volunteers, allow followers of the VOAD to stay current on things happening in and around the San Luis Valley, access forms and informational documents, and more!
Beginning in December, all VOAD volunteer interests will be accepted through Spark the Change Colorado (formally known as Metro Volunteers) https://www.sparkthechangecolorado.org/. It is easy to register and will help to provide organization and structure to all of our dedicated volunteers.
Additionally, we are in the process of looking at setting up a group and valley-wide communication platform in the event of an immediate call to action for volunteers. The platforms that are currently being reviewed are Group-Me https://groupme.com/en-US/ and Slack https://slack.com/.
**Training** There is a fantastic opportunity coming our way. The COVOAD has put some information together for those involved in Faith Based Organizations. The training is called Disaster Spiritual Care Program and is potentially looking at the San Luis Valley to host a training next year. For more information please see the attachment in this news letter.
Are you trained in ICS100 & ICS700? Do you know what that stands for? ICS 100, Introduction to the Incident Command System, introduces the Incident Command System (ICS) and provides the foundation for higher level ICS training. ICS 700, is a course which provides an overview of the National Incident Management System (NIMS). Sign-up and register for these courses today at https://training.fema.gov/is/
Last, but certainly not least, the VOAD has identified a Fiscal Agent to help assist with recovery efforts. La Puente was the Fiscal Agent for the Spring Fire, in Costilla County last year and is the Fiscal Agent for the VOAD. Both organizations are working on a grant which will support specific guidelines and structure towards a partnership. Additionally, we are headed in the right direction to opening an account to house and accept donations! This account will be called SLV GIVES and is to assist communities and community members to recover from a human-made or natural disaster.
Deb Haverfield & Rocky
San Luis Valley Therapy Dogs Team attended the Town of Moffat's Town Hall meeting on Tuesday, October 29th in support of providing comfort after a devastating structure fire which occurred earlier this month. For more information on the structure fire please visit the Saguache County Office of Emergency Managements Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/SaguacheOEM/. If you would like to donate to the town, please call KSLV Radio of Monte Vista at 719-852-3581.
On October 27th, the Town of Lobatos in Conejos County had a large grass fire burning at least one structure, three separate out buildings and numerous fences, pastures and haystacks. At this time the cause of the fire is still under investigation. For more information please visit the Conejos County Sheriff's Office Facebook Page.
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