Brazos County Interjurisdictional Emergency Management and our Volunteer Organizations Active in Disasters (VOADs) will hold its “2013 Disaster Volunteer Academy” February 12th through April 4th, 2013 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Our Academy is offered to the public and to the employees of local jurisdictions who cannot participate in similar training during the normal work week.
In 2003, Brazos County Emergency Management recognized a need for the public to have a greater understanding of personal, family, and community preparedness, a greater understanding of emergency management itself, as well as to create a cadre of local volunteers for disaster response and recovery. A curriculum was developed for a series of classes and thus, the Disaster Volunteer Academy was created. The first Academy class was held in 2003 and hosted by the Brazos County Interjurisdictional Emergency Management team, comprised of representatives from Brazos County, City of College Station, City of Bryan, and Texas A&M University.
Volunteers are provided information and taught skills relating to various areas of disaster preparedness, hazard mitigation, response, and recovery. The goal of this training is to enhance Emergency Management's readiness by including citizen response teams. Many of our graduates have participated locally in the Emergency Operations Center and with other local volunteer organizations during the evacuation responses for hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005, and Gustav and Ike in 2008.
The Disaster Volunteer Academy core training is a total of 18 hours and comprised of six sessions. Sessions take place at the Community Emergency Operations Center (CEOC) in Downtown Bryan and instructors come from professionals and partners in Emergency Management and our Volunteer Organizations Active Disasters (VOAD). Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age. Seniors 55+ and young adults are especially encouraged to join this training.