Volunteer Mobilization Center Disaster Preparedness Meet-Up

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Volunteer Mobilization Center Disaster Preparedness Meet-Up

Contact: Heidi Kissinger, Email: kissinger123@hotmail.com

Bellingham, WA   May 12, 2016

The Volunteer Mobilization Center (VMC) will be having its last Table Top drill exercise in preparing for the Cascadia Rising event being held on the West Coast, from Northern California, Oregon, and Washington to the Canadian Border. The Table Top drill exercise will be held on May 23, 2016 from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm at the Center for Spiritual Living located at 2224 Yew Street Road, Bellingham. The VMC is a program of the Volunteer Center of Whatcom County.

The VMC will process the hundreds of Whatcom County spontaneous volunteers that show up to help in the recovery efforts after a disaster. The VMC screens, assesses and sends these spontaneous volunteers to areas in the county where they are needed.  If you want to be part of the team that screens, assesses, and processes these spontaneous volunteers, come to the May 23rd meeting.

A 9.0 magnitude earthquake along the Cascadia Subduction Zone (CSZ) and the resulting tsunami is the most complex disaster scenario that emergency management and public safety officials in the Pacific Northwest could face. Cascadia Rising is an exercise to address that disaster.

Conducting successful life-saving and life-sustaining response operations in the aftermath of a Cascadia Subduction Zone disaster will hinge on the effective coordination and integration of governments at all levels – cities, counties, state agencies, federal officials, the military, tribal nations – as well as non-government organizations and the private sector.  One of the primary goals of Cascadia Rising is to train and test this whole community approach to complex disaster operations together as a joint team.

The VMC is just one organization participating in Cascadia Rising. Cascadia Rising in Whatcom County is being coordinated and led by the Whatcom Unified Emergency Management, a partnership between the Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office-Division of Emergency Management and the City of Bellingham’s Office of Emergency Management.

If you cannot make the May 23rd meeting at the Center for Spiritual Living, the VMC meets on the 4th Monday of every month at the same place and at the same time. For more information, visit:  www.WhatcomVolunteer.org/Disaster

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