Volunteer Alexandria is the lead agency in Alexandria for the recruitment and management of spontaneous and unaffiliated volunteers during an emergency. In partnership with the City of Alexandria’s Office of Emergency Management, we raise awareness about possible emergencies and disasters and how to be prepared, as well as meeting the needs of the community by mobilizing people during emergency.
 
Here in Alexandria, we’ve seen terrorist's attacks, tornado outbreaks, flash floods, earthquakes, and even water main breaks and power outages that have impacted our communities for days at a time. Be proactive and make your own emergency preparedness plan.

Does everyone in the household know what to do? Many times, family members are not together when a disaster strikes. Because of that, the plan should include ways to contact one another and two places to meet – one near the home in case of a sudden emergency like a fire, and one outside the neighborhood in case situations prevent people from returning home. The plan should identify an emergency contact person from outside the area in case local telephone lines are overloaded or out of service.

Where to go? Any emergency plan should include the place/location if ordered to evacuate and what route to take to get there. Think of alternate routes in case roads are closed.

Do you have pets? Don’t forget your family pets. Make sure to include plans for them, such as a list of pet-friendly hotels and animal shelters along the evacuation route.

If you are interested in more information and to becoming a disaster volunteer, please register HERE.

Be prepared! We will emphasize on individual, family and pets preparation for disasters and emergencies – from flooding to an active shooter situation. Residents should be familiar with critical local information such as community alerts and warning systems, shelter locations, have a kit and make a plan.

MAKE A PLAN - Many times, family members are not together when a disaster strikes. Because of that, the plan should include ways to contact one another and two places to meet – one near the home in case of a sudden emergency like a fire, and one outside the neighborhood in case situations prevent people from returning home. The plan should identify an emergency contact person from outside the area in case local telephone lines are overloaded or out of service. Any emergency plan should include the place/location if ordered to evacuate and what route to take to get there. Think of alternate routes in case roads are closed. Don’t forget your family pets. Make sure to include plans for them, such as a list of pet-friendly hotels and animal shelters along the evacuation route.

MAKE A KIT - Another step to get ready is to build a kit. It should contain a three-day supply of water per each family member, nonperishable food, flashlight, battery-operated radio, extra batteries, first aid kit, supply of medication, money, sanitation and personal hygiene items and copies of important personal documents.

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Services and Opportunities
Volunteer Reception Center
Volunteer Alexandria is looking for volunteers who can help run a Volunteer Reception Center (VRCs), should a disaster or emergency affect the Alexandria community. These VRCs provide a central location where spontaneous, unaffiliated volunteers can go to be placed in volunteer positions to assist with disaster recovery.

Community Preparedness Outreach – Raising Awareness
The Outreach Volunteer will be responsible for attending community outreach events to provide emergency preparedness information and perform related duties as required. The volunteer will attend events such as G. Washington Parade, the Irish Festival, reaching out at local Farmer Markets and fairs.
 
Community Preparedness Outreach – Education and Training
The Education and Training Volunteer will be responsible for delivering training and general information to various groups and organizations regarding natural and man-made disasters. The volunteer will also support the Emergency Preparedness Manager in working with local faith-based organizations, schools and other private/public organizations regarding emergency preparedness matters.


Continuity of Operations PlanningKeeping your organization functioning during an emergency is vitally important to its longevity. Volunteer Alexandria provides a series of trainings for nonprofits and businesses that focus on:
  • Identifications of operations critical to survival;

  • Recovery Strategies; and

  • Developing, testing, and exercising the plan.

Snow Buddies ProgramThe City of Alexandria and Volunteer Alexandria have teamed up on a program called “Snow Buddies,” to provide snow removal assistance for low-income homeowners or occupants who are elderly or disabled. The City of Alexandria and Volunteer Alexandria will match eligible residents with volunteers who can shovel their snow. 


For more information on these programs and upcoming training opportunities, send email to emergencyresponse@volunteeralexandria.org or 703-836-2176.