Harnessing the Power of Volunteers in Emergencies

The Conference Board of Canada, November 23, 2017
Recorded Webinar
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There are generally two types of volunteers: affiliated and unaffiliated. Engaged citizens and spontaneous volunteers. Both have traditionally been neglected but both can be tremendously helpful, especially during disaster situations.

Every community's volunteers and volunteer organizations, including Volunteer Corps and Citizen Emergency Response Teams, have essential local knowledge, not to mention proximity. And when a community is affected, social media tends to draw external (and virtual) spontaneous volunteers, dispersed and disparately-skilled people who want to contribute. In both cases, the key is to provide them tools to self-organize around actually-useful, non make-work tasks; tasks that take advantage of the skills and assets on-hand.

Webinar Highlights

Steve Hardy, President of RallyEngine, presents an overview of a one-year "community capacity" test project for the Government of Canada in High River, a town severely affected by the 2013 Southern Alberta Flood. He shares insights from that project, its simulations, and the complementary approach of engaging citizens.

About Steve

Steve Hardy is President & VP of Marketing at RallyEngine, a Calgary-based resilience-as-a-service platform for alerting groups, rallying teams and enhancing community capacity. Steve describes himself as a generalist with a knack for observation, synthesis and sensible ideas. With experience in both creative and strategic roles he has effectively blurred the distinction between the two in a variety of roles from intern to founder in a several organizations.

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