All Teams

Page last updated 6/30/15: Information on this page is deemed from reliable sources but is not guaranteed. For current information, reach out to Team Contacts directly. To update Team information, use the contact form

UNITED STATES: COLORADO (CO)

COVOST twitter logoColorado Virtual Operations Support Team – COVOST

The vision of the Colorado Virtual Operations Support Team (COVOST) is to provide the State of Colorado and our local Colorado communities a powerful and effective team of trusted agents whose mission is to support public information, operations, and information gathering efforts through an innovatively effective, efficient and elegant use of social media and other online or ‘virtual’ tools.
Twitter: @COVOST
Website: http://covost.blogspot.com/
Contact: Nathan Hunerwadel @hunerwadel

VOSG Blog: Colorado Virtual Operations Support Team supports Eagle County during #Vail2015

STATUS: ACTIVE   MEMBERSHIP: OPEN


UNITED STATES: HAWAII (HI)

hawaii-vostHAWAII VOST

Facebook Group

Team Twitter: @HawaiiVOST
Contact: Burt Lum @bytemarks

STATUS: ACTIVE   MEMBERSHIP:


UNITED STATES: MARYLAND

Twitter_logoNational Institute of Health / Montgomery CERT VOST

The Montgomery County, Maryland Community Emergency Response Team (CERT). The Montgomery County CERT Program is managed by the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service.

Website: Montgomery County CERT 

Contact: Steve Peterson, Emergency Management Specialist at National Institutes of Health Washington D.C. Metro Area

STATUS: ACTIVE   MEMBERSHIP:


UNITED STATES: NEW MEXICO (NM)

Official VOST logoVOST OSBOURNE  / Los Ranchos de Albuquerque

Twitter: @LosRanchosEM

Contact: Jeff Phillips, Emergency Management Coordinator at Los Ranchos de Albuquerque

VOSG Blog: History of Virtual Operations Support Teams

STATUS: ACTIVE   MEMBERSHIP:


UNITED STATES: NEW YORK (NY)

NYVOST-logoNY VOST / Suffolk County, Long Island and NYC

Established 2011, NYVOST has responded to numerous incidents in Suffolk County on Long Island to support Suffolk County FRES (Fire Rescue and Emergency Services) for SuperStorm Sandy, blizzards and other severe weather events. Most recently, NYVOST responded to the Second Avenue Building Collapse, East Village, NYC, in support of the FDNY Type II All Hazard Incident Management Team.

Twitter: @NYVOST
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NYVOST
Website: www.nyvost.vosg.us
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/nyvost/
Contact: Joanna Lane, NY VOST Team Lead @joannalane

STATUS: ACTIVE   MEMBERSHIP: OPEN


UNITED STATES: OHIO (OH)

OHIO VOST 1 logoOHIO VOST 1

Currently in the initial stages of development with approximately 10 team members. Active and available status is anticipated by the end of 2014. Based in Jefferson, OH, the team will be supporting all locations/jurisdictions in Ohio, in all hazards, supporting both OHIO EMA and local EMAs as needed.

Twitter: @OHVOST1
Contact: Tim Howson, Deputy Director of Ashtabula County EMA @1timhowson

STATUS: ACTIVE   MEMBERSHIP: OPEN


UNITED STATES: OKLAHOMA (OK)

OKVOST

OK VOST / Altus OEM

Supporting: USA – OKLAHOMA – OKLAHOMA CITY – City of Altus OEM and The National Weather Service in Norman, OK

Twitter: @OKVOST 
Contact: John Butler, Team Leader, City of Altus (OK) EMA VOST @okcalvin. Lloyd Colston, City of Altus Emergency Management Director @kc5fm

STATUS: ACTIVE   MEMBERSHIP: OPEN


UNITED STATES: OREGON (OR)

OregonVOST_logo

 OregonVOST

An official Oregon State VOST. As an Oregon Virtual Operations Support Team, Oregon VOST will be ready to respond to incidents, emergencies and disasters.

Twitter: @OregonVOST
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/OregonVOST
Instagram: https://instagram.com/oregonvost
Website: http://oregonvost.com/about/

Contact: Cory E. Grogan, Oregon Emergency Management, Public Information Officer. Scott Reuter, @sct_r

STATUS: ACTIVE     MEMBERSHIP: OPEN


UNITED STATES: TEXAS (TX)

cropped-vost-logo.jpgWEST TEXAS VOST / NWS

Based in Lubbock, TX, operating primarily out of Texas Tech University in collaboration with the National Weather Service offices in Midland, TX and Lubbock, TX. The West Texas VOST supports the National Weather Service by providing social media monitoring during hazardous weather events affecting West Texas.

This VOST utilizes the social media expertise of atmospheric science and mass communications students at Texas Tech University to help National Weather Service offices gain an additional level of situational awareness during hazardous weather. VOST members will be searching for storm reports and images to help NWS meteorologists during the warning decision process.

Twitter: @wtxvost
Contact: Melissa Huffman @MELISSAHuffman

STATUS: ACTIVE   MEMBERSHIP:


UNITED STATES: WASHINGTON (WA)

CRESA_VOST-_LogoCRESA VOST / CRESA

CRESA VOST helps CRESA, Clark Regional Emergency Services Agency, monitor & share information during emergencies in Clark County, SW Washington.

Twitter: @CRESAVOST
Official Website: http://cresa911.org/
Contact: Cheryl Bledsoe @CherylBle, Eric Frank @fyrechief

STATUS: ACTIVE   MEMBERSHIP:


UNITED STATES: NATIONAL

cropped-vost-logo.jpgERIKSEN VOST / PORTLAND NIMO

Supporting: USA – National Team

Contact: Kris Eriksen, Public Information Officer, Portland National Incident Management Organization (NIMO) @kriseriksen

STATUS: ACTIVE   MEMBERSHIP: OPEN


UNITED STATES: NATIONAL

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PNW IMT2 VOST / PNW2

Pacific Northwest 2 VOST. Primarily associated with a National Incident Management Team to help manage the response efforts of large scale natural disasters. These teams are made up of members from many local, state and federal organizations and respond to emergency needs throughout the United States. the IMTs are national incident management teams – they are not just fire-related. They manage response to large scale disasters and are interagency. As well as being called out for wildfires, IMTs have also deployed for hurricanes, the WTC in 2001, and the Columbia Shuttle recovery effort.

Twitter: @PNWVOST
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PNWVOST
Contact: Marlita Reddy-Hjelmfelt, Team Lead @TheRedElm

STATUS: ACTIVE   MEMBERSHIP: OPEN


UNITED STATES: NATIONAL

cropped-vost-logo.jpgPNW IMT3 VOST

Official Site

Contact: Jeff Phillips @_JSPhillips, Shannon O’Brien, Information Officer, PNW IMT3

STATUS:         MEMBERSHIP:


AUSTRALIA: VICTORIA

VOSTviclogoVOST VIC / STATE CONTROL CENTRE

VOST Victoria services the whole of Victoria, Australia, assisting with SMEM response and recovery operations for all disasters, mainly wildfire. VOST Victoria is activated permanently during the fire season (Nov-Mar).

Twitter: @vostvic
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/vost.vic

Website:  http://vostvic.net.au
Contact – Operations team: Brad Lemon @tyabblemons 
Contact – Recovery team: Daniel Eshuis @deshuis

VOSG Blog: Australia’s VOST Vic – the Wizards of Oz

STATUS: ACTIVE   MEMBERSHIP: OPEN


CANADA: NATIONAL

CanVost_DraftCanVOST

CAN VOST is building coast-to-coast-to-coast networks of EM, first responders and volunteers to help gather virtually and assist emergency management organizations, municipalities and agencies (such as the Red Cross, 2-1-1 and others) when disasters strike. Key functions (and many more could be added) could include:

  • monitoring social media for reputation-al threats and enhanced situational awareness
  • acting as liaison with the Volunteer Technical Communities who provide crowdsourcing and crisis mapping support during disasters or exercises (such as Standby Task Force, CrisisCommons and Crisis Mappers).

Twitter: @canVOSTactual NOTE: @CANVOST Twitter ID is not affiliated in any way.

Contact: Patrice Cloutier, Team Lead, Strategic Communications, Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services @patricecloutier

STATUS: ACTIVE       MEMBERSHIP: OPEN


MULTINATIONAL: FRENCH SPEAKING

VISOV_logoASSOCIATION VISOV

A French speaking VOST that supports mainly Civil Defense Department (COGIC) in France. VISOV has also supported the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) and aims to help develop VOST for multiple French speaking locations during disaster, specifically VOST methodology, tools and human resources.

Website: http://www.visov.org
Twitter: @VISOV1
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/visov1
Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/visov/
Communications: Marina Tymen @Matymen

STATUS: ACTIVE   MEMBERSHIP: OPEN


 NATIONAL: NEW ZEALAND

NZ VOST - Logo - finalNZ VOST

Supporting: NEW ZEALAND (NZ) – WELLINGTON

Website: http://nzvost.vosg.us/ 
Team Twitter: @NZVOST

Contact: Caroline Milligan, NZ VOST Team Lead, @Caz_Milligan

STATUS: ACTIVE   MEMBERSHIP:


 NATIONAL: PANAMA

VOST Panama logoVOST PANAMA (VOSG)

VOST project in early stage development to provide support for multiple emergency management agencies (911 EMS, Panamá Fire Department, Panamanian Red Cross and Civil Protection), primarily to stop false information and rumors.

Twitter: @VOSTPanama @VOSTchiriqui @VOSTcoclé
Website: VOSTPanama.org 
Whatsapp Groups: Vost Panama Central, VOST Region 4, VOST Press, VOST Information Filter, Community Managers and Administrator group.
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/VOSTPma
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/vostpanama/
Instagram: https://instagram.com/vostpanama/

VOSG Blog: VOST Panama – SINAPROC Meeting – Press Release

Contact: Juan Magaña @jgmestrada email: info [at] vostpanama.org

STATUS: ACTIVE   MEMBERSHIP: OPEN


NATIONAL: SPAIN

vost.es logoVOST SPAIN (VOSG)

The Virtual Operation Support Team born on twitter on August 4, 2012, was created to counteract hoaxes and rumors that were being generated in different wildfires taking place at that time. Similarly, @vostSPAIN was created with the aim of providing support to the emergency teams, spreading their public service messages and official accounts. We therefore created two hashtags: #StopBulos to curb the rumors and malicious information and #InfoEmerg as a source of emergency information. VOST Spain and its various regional accounts are present in any emergency that occurs in Spain, for monitoring and acting on disclosure and to dispel hoaxes.

Twitter: @vostSPAIN
Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/vostspain
Website:http://www.vost.es

Contact:
National Coordinator (Teams): Rafael Gálvez Rivas – @GalvezRivas
National Coordinator (Volunteers): Jokin Zubieta – @@BilaboJokin
National Coordinator (Training): Javier Blanco – @tango_alfa2

VOSG Blog: VOST Spain – Building Community Trust and Engagement to Mitigate Proliferation of False Information

REGIONAL TEAMS: *NEW

VOSTandaluciaAndalusia

Twitter: @VOSTandalucia

STATUS: ACTIVE

 

 


Aragon – @VOSTaragon

STATUS: ON HOLD


Asturias – @VOSTasturias

STATUS: ON HOLD


Baleares – @VOSTbaleares

STATUS: ON HOLD


Canary IslandsVOSTcanarias

Twitter:  @VOSTcanarias
Facebook: facebook.com/VOSTcanarias

STATUS: ACTIVE

 


Cantabria – @VOSTcantabria

STATUS: ON HOLD


CastillaLaManchaCastilla La Mancha

Twitter: @VOSTclm

STATUS: ACTIVE

 


CastillayLeonCastilla y León

Twitter: @VOSTcyl

STATUS: ACTIVE

 


VOSTcatalunyaCatalonia

Twitter: @VOSTcat

STATUS: ACTIVE

 


VOST ceutaCeuta

Twitter: @VOSTceuta

STATUS: ACTIVE

 


VOSTeuskadiBasque Country

Digital Association Euskadi emergency volunteers. Collaborating entity of @112_SOSDeiak. Based in Bilbao.

Website: vosteuskadi.org
Twitter: @VOSTeuskadi

VOSG Blog: #VOST Euskadi seals Partnership Agreement with Basque Government in Spain

STATUS: ACTIVE


VOST extremaduraExtremadura

Twitter: @VOSTextremadura

STATUS: ACTIVE

 


VOSTgaliciaGalicia

Twitter: @VOSTgalicia

STATUS: ACTIVE

 


vostmadridMadrid

Twitter: @VOSTmadrid

STATUS: ACTIVE

 


vostmurciaMurcia

Twitter: @VOSTmurcia

STATUS: ACTIVE

 


Navarra – @VOSTnavarra

STATUS: ON HOLD


vostlariojaLa Rioja

Twitter: @VOSTlarioja

STATUS: ACTIVE

 


Valencia Community – @VOSTvalencia

STATUS: ON HOLD


UNITED STATES: CALIFORNIA (CA)

OCVOST_logoOC VOST/ ORANGE COUNTY OEM

Supporting: Primarily Orange County Emergency Management Bureau

Contact: Mary Jo Flynn, Team Leader, @MaryJoFly

Team Twitter: @OCVOST 

STATUS: ON HOLD   MEMBERSHIP:


UNITED STATES: ILLINOIS (IL)

ILVOSTblueIL VOST

Team Twitter: @ILVOST

Contact: Robert Dunne @Academy911
STATUS: ON HOLD   MEMBERSHIP: 


UNITED STATES: KANSAS (KS)

cropped-vost-logo.jpgKS VOST / Kansas Emergency Management Association

Kansas Emergency Management Association (KEMA) Social Media VOST Coordination
Official site: www.kema.org
Team Twitter:
Contact:

STATUS: ON HOLD   MEMBERSHIP:


UNITED STATES: NEW MEXICO (NM)

cropped-vost-logo.jpgTAKAI VOST

Karen Takai, Fire Information Officer at Sandia Ranger District

Contact: Jeff Phillips @_JSPhillips

STATUS: ON HOLD   MEMBERSHIP:


UNITED STATES: NORTH CAROLINA (NC)

cropped-vost-logo.jpgWINSTON-SALEM

Contact: Kay Endriss, AP Statistics, Systems Modeling. Standby Task Force. CERT. @ekendriss

STATUS: ON HOLD   MEMBERSHIP:

 


UNITED STATES: PENNSYLVANIA (PA)

cropped-vost-logo.jpgPMRC VOST

Philadelphia Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) VOST. Primarily associated with public health emergency JIS response, but intention is to train and exercise for all hazards.

Contact: Jim Garrow, Philadelphia Department of Public Health Operations and Logistics Manager,  @jgarrow

STATUS: ON HOLD   MEMBERSHIP:


UNITED STATES: WISCONSIN (WI)

cropped-vost-logo.jpgBROWN County

Contact: Cullen Peltier, Director – Brown County Emergency Management @cspeltier

STATUS: ON HOLD   MEMBERSHIP:

 


UNITED STATES: National Weather Service / NWS VOST

cropped-vost-logo.jpgContact: ABQ Kerry Jones, Warning Coordination Meteorologist for NOAA/NWS @peakwx and for El Paso, Texas (TX) TimeBrice, a meteorologist who works for the National Weather Service @timbrice17

STATUS: ACTIVE   MEMBERSHIP: CLOSED

 


NATIONAL: UNITED KINGDOM

vost.ukUK VOST

This project aims to develop a model of VOST that works for the UK, that “Category One Responders” can feel confident in, and that is able to add value to emergency response in the UK.

Official Website

Team Twitter: @VOSTUK

Contact: Ben Proctor @likeaword

STATUS: IN DEVELOPMENT   MEMBERSHIP: OPEN


MULTINATIONAL: ENGLISH SPEAKING

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skyVOST

Supported NGO Team Rubicon Medical Team in the response to the Nepal earthquake, Operation Tenzing. Available to the world.

Twitter: @skyVOST

Contact: Joanna Lane @joannalane

e: skyVOST1 [AT] gmail.com

STATUS: ACTIVE   MEMBERSHIP: OPEN


EXPIRED VOSTs

Verified as no longer active or in development as of 6/30/15. 

UNITED STATES: COLORADO (CO)

VOST logoJeffCo VOST / Jefferson County

In March of 2014 the Colorado Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (DHSEM) adopted the JeffcoVOST and restructured the team into the COVOST. DHSEM continues to work in close partnership with the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office to insure the continuity and success of the COVOST program.

STATUS: EXPIRED   MEMBERSHIP: CLOSED


UNITED STATES: ARIZONA (AZ)

cropped-vost-logo.jpgArizona Emergency Management

Official Site

Contact: Ethan M. Riley, Public Information Officer, Division of Emergency Management, State of Arizona

STATUS: EXPIRED   MEMBERSHIP: CLOSED


UNITED STATES: VIRGINIA (VA)

cropped-vost-logo.jpgSWVA MRC VOST

Virtual Operations Support Team for the Southwest Virginia Medical Reserve Corps units.    and for situational awareness.

YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x2xvJSGR8uc
Twitter: https://twitter.com/swvavost
Pinterest: https://twitter.com/swvavost
Contact: Tanya Ferraro @tjlasagna

STATUS: EXPIRED    MEMBERSHIP: CLOSED


UNITED STATES: ALASKA (AK)

cropped-vost-logo.jpgAlaska Division of Forestry IMT

Official Website

Contact: Maggie Rogers, State Fire Operations Alaska Fire Service Information Twitter: @AK_Forestry, Noah Huttinger @NoahSCFN, Jeff Phillips @_JSPhillips

STATUS: EXPIRED   MEMBERSHIP: CLOSED