Active Teams

UNITED STATES

COLORADO (CO)

cropped-vost-logo.jpgColorado 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.

Contact: Nathan Hunerwadel @hunerwadel
Team Twitter: @COVOST
Team Website: http://covost.blogspot.com/


JeffCo VOST / Jefferson County

JeffcoVost’s mission is to support the public information & incident operations of Jefferson County through the innovative use of social media & other tools.
Team Twitter: @JeffCoVOST
Website: http://www.jeffcovost.blogspot.com/
Contact: Nathan Hunerwadel @hunerwadel

Activations:

Update:

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.


NEW MEXICO (NM)

VOST OSBOURNE  / Los Ranchos EM

Supporting: USA – NEW MEXICO - ALBUQUERQUE - Los Ranchos
Osbourne is the Founding VOST, est. March 2011
More info:
A Brief History of Osbourne
Official Sites:
Facebook: Los Ranchos EM
Contact: Jeff Phillips, Emergency Management Coordinator at Los Ranchos de Albuquerque @LosRanchosEM


NEW YORK (NY)

NYVOST-avator1NY VOST / Suffolk County FRES

NY VOST primarily supports Suffolk County FRES (Fire Rescue and Emergency Services) on Long Island NY.

Suffolk County Government – Ways to Stay Informed: http://bit.ly/scoemVOST - scroll to the bottom for #SMEM links
Connect with us on twitter @NYVOST , Facebook and for activation status and team updates, visit www.nyvost.vosg.us.

Other team resources: YouTube, Pinterest

Contact: Joanna Lane, NY VOST Team Lead @joannalane

ACTIVATIONS

  • October 25th to November 4th 2012 – Hurricane Sandy – Suffolk County FRES/EOC: NY VOST Sandy Team Credits, with surge support from Humanity Road Volunteers.
  • November 5th – 8th 2012: November Nor’Easter – - Suffolk County FRES/EOC: Pre-op November 5th and 6th, activated November 7th to November 8th. Team Credits 

Article: http://crisiscommscp.blogspot.com.es/2012/11/10-reasons-why-therell-now-be-before.html

Article: http://idisaster.wordpress.com/2012/11/06/five-smem-observations-and-recommendations-from-hurricane-sandy/

  • January 2014 – Winter Storm Response – Suffolk County EOC/FRES 

http://www.nyvost.org/2014/01/03/ny-vost-team-credits-winter-storm/


OHIO (OH)OHIO VOST 1 logoOHIO VOST 1

Development Status:

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.

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


OKLAHOMA (OK)

OKVOST

OK VOST / Altus OEM

Supporting: USA – OKLAHOMA – OKLAHOMA CITY - City of Altus OEM and The National Weather Service in Norman, OK
What Is The Oklahoma Crisis Mappers Virtual Operations Support Team?
Virtual Operations Support Teams: Using Social Media to Promote Situational Awareness
Contact: John Butler, Team Leader, City of Altus (OK) EMA VOST @okcalvin , Lloyd Colston, City of Altus Emergency Management Director @kc5fm Team Twitter: @OKVOST  Activations

  • 2012 April Tornados
  • 2012 – May Storms
  • 2013 – OK Tornados  
  • May 2014 – OK Tornados

WASHINGTON (WA)

CRESA_VOST-_LogoCRESA VOST

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

Official site: http://cresa911.org/
CRESA VOST Application
What is CRESA VOST? 
Team Twitter: @CRESAVOST

Contact: Cheryl Bledsoe @CherylBle, Eric Frank @fyrechief


US NATIONAL TEAMS

ERIKSEN VOST / PORTLAND NIMO

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

Activations

  • 2011: Shadow Lake Fire, Oregon

EPIC Case Study: Trial By Fire Kris Eriksen Podcasts: National Interagency Fire Center: Part 1 / Part 2 

  • August 2012: Barry Point Fire, Oregon

Transitioned to PNW2 VOST on August 16th

  • September 2012: Washington Smoke Information

Supporting city, county, tribal, state and federal agencies to coordinate and aggregate information for Washington communities affected by wildfire smoke. http://wasmoke.blogspot.com/

  • July 1st 2013: Granite Mountain Hotshots Memorial

PNWVOST-Logo_WhitePNW 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.

Team Twitter: @PNWVOST

Facebook

Contact: Marlita Reddy-Hjelmfelt, Team Lead @TheRedElm

Activations:

  • August 2012: Barry Point Fire, Oregon

Transitioned from Eriksen’s VOST on August 16th 2012

www.pnw2.com
www.inciweb.org/incident/3105/#
www.fs.usda.gov/fremont-winema

e-mail: barrypointorfire@gmail.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/BarryPointOrFire
Twitter: www.twitter.com/barrypointfire
Word Press: www.barrypointorfire.wordpress.com

  • September 23rd – October 5th, 2012 : Table Mountain Fire (Gibbons/Whittington):

http://www.tablemountainwafire.wordpress.com
https://www.facebook.com/TableMountainWAFire
https://twitter.com/TableMtnWAFire
http://www.flickr.com/photos/tablemountainwafire
http://pinterest.com/TableMtnWAFire/

  • July 1st – July 6th, 2013 : Table Mountain Fire (Gibbons/Whittington):

http://owyheeORFire.blogspot.com
https://twitter.com/OwyheeORFire
http://www.facebook.com/OwyheeORFire


PNW IMT3 VOST

Official Site

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

Activations:

  • July 13th 2012: #LongDraw #ORfire

http://longdrawfire.wordpress.com/about/


International VOST

AUSTRALIA

VICTORIA

VOST VIC / STATE CONTROL CENTRE

VOST Victoria services the whole of Victoria, Australia, assisting with SMEM response and recovery operations for all disasters, mainly wildfire.

Twitter: @vostvic
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/vost.vic
Contact – Operations team: Brad Lemon @tyabblemons 
Contact – Recovery team: Daniel Eshuis @deshuis

VOST Victoria is activated permanently during the fire season (Nov-Mar).

Official site

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


CANADA

Can VOST

CanVost_DraftCAN 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).

Official Website: http://www.ptsc-online.ca/canvost

Creating a Canadian Virtual Operations Support Team

CanVOST Members 

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


FRANCE

VISOV

VISOV_logoFrench speaking VOST supporting mainly Civil Defense Departement (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
Team Twitter: @VISOV1
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/visov1
Team Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/visov/
Contact: Cédric Moro, Secretary and Team Lead, @moro_cedric


NEW ZEALAND

NZ VOST - Logo - finalNZ VOST

Supporting: NEW ZEALAND (NZ) – WELLINGTON

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

Contact: Caroline Milligan, Team Lead, @Caz_Milligan,  SMEM.co.nz Inquire by email

Activations:

  • 2012 – November 21st: Volcanic eruption at Te Maari Craters, Tongariro
  • 2013 – 21st July / 16th August 2013 (KCDC EOC activation) Earthquake Response

SPAIN

vost.es logoVOST SPAIN

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

Contacto / Contact:

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

Regional Teams:

Andalucía – @VOSTandalucia – ACTIVE
Aragón – VOSTaragon – Training
Asturias – @VOSTasturias – Training
Baleares – @VOSTbaleares – Training
Canarias – @VOSTcanarias – ACTIVE
Cantabria – @VOSTcantabria – Training
Castilla La Mancha: @VOSTclm – Training
Castilla y León – @VOSTcyl – ACTIVE
Cataluña – @VOSTcat – Training
Ceuta – @VOSTceuta – ACTIVE
País Vasco – @VOSTeuskadi – ACTIVE
Extremadura – @VOSTextremadura – Training
Galicia – @VOSTgalicia – ACTIVE
Madrid – @VOSTmadrid – ACTIVE
Murcia – @VOSTmurcia – ACTIVE
Navarra – @VOSTnavarra – Organizing
La Rioja – @VOSTlarioja – ACTIVE
Comunidad Valencia – @VOSTvalencia – Training

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

Historia @VOSTSpain

El equipo de voluntarios digitales en emergencias nace en twitter el 4 de Agosto de 2012 y se crea para contrarrestar los bulos / rumores que se están generando en los diferentes incendios forestales que hasta la fecha se estaban produciendo. Igualmente, @vostSPAIN nace con el objeto de servir de apoyo a los equipos de emergencias, difundiendo sus mensajes de servicio público y sus cuentas oficiales. Dos son los hashtag utilizados: #StopBulos para frenar los rumores e información malintencionada e #InfoEmerg como fuente de divulgación de información de emergencias @vostSPAIN y sus diferentes cuentas regionales, están presente en cualquier emergencia que se produzca en España, primero monitorizando y tras necesidad, actuando en divulgación y eliminación de bulos.

History @VOSTSpain

The Virtual Operation Support Team born on twitter on August 4, 2012 was created to counteract hoaxes / 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.

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IN DEVELOPMENT

UNITED STATES

ARIZONA (AZ)

Arizona Emergency Management

Official Site

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


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 


HAWAII (HI)

HAWAII VOST

Facebook Group

Team Twitter: @HawaiiVOST
Contact: Burt Lum @bytemarks


ILLINOIS (IL)

ILVOSTblueIL VOST

Team Twitter: @ILVOST

Contact: Robert Dunne @Academy911
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KANSAS (KS)

KS VOST / Kansas Emergency Management Association

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


NEW MEXICO (NM)

TAKAI VOST

Karen Takai, Fire Information Officer at Sandia Ranger District

Contact: Jeff Phillips @_JSPhillips


NORTH CAROLINA (NC)

Winston-Salem

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


PENNSYLVANIA (PA)

PMRC 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


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


WISCONSIN (WI)

BROWN County

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


US NATIONAL TEAMS

ALASKA (AK) IMT / Alaska Division of Forestry VOST

Official Site

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


National Institute of Health / Montgomery CERT

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

Montgomery County CERT 


National Weather Service

Contact: 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

 


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


PANAMA

VOST Panama logoVOST PANAMA

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.

Team Twitter: @VOSTPanama

Website: http://vostpanama.blogspot.com/

Contact: Juan Magaña


SMEM COMMUNITY

The following organizations participate in the VOST Leadership Coalition to explore possible areas of collaboration with VOST

AMERICAN RED CROSS

Partnering with Dell, the American Red Cross launched a digital operations center on March 7th 2012.

Contact: Wendy Harman @wharman

Contact: Alex Rose @u62 Los Angeles Chapter

HELP FOUNDATION

Official Site 

Contact: Erika Lamberth @thehelpfoundation, Tony Lamberth @tonylamberth

HUMANITY ROAD

Humanity Road’s mission is to educate the public before, during and after disasters on how to survive, sustain and reunite with loved ones.

Official Site

Contact: Christine Thompson @redcrossmom , Cindy Becker @cinbee

EMCampNM: 

http://emcampnm.wikispaces.com http://www.facebook.com/emcampnm http://www.twitter.com/emcampnm Founded in 2010, Emergency Management Camp New Mexico is an all-volunteer group for those interested in fostering use of social media in emergency management (SMEM) throughout NM. Contact: Marlita Reddy-Hjelmfelt, Tech Consultant and Founding Member of EMCampNM @TheRedElm

Stand by Task Force:

http://blog.standbytaskforce.com/

The SBTF is not an organization, it is a platform, a shared space for those who have skills to offer (or are willing to learn skills) to assist crisis affected communities through the use of crowdsourcing and mapping technologies.

Crisis Mappers:

http://crisismappers.net/

Crisis Mappers network leverage mobile & web-based applications, participatory maps & crowdsourced event data, aerial & satellite imagery, geospatial platforms, advanced visualization, live simulation, and computational & statistical models to power effective early warning for rapid response to complex humanitarian emergencies.

Crisis Commons:

http://crisiscommons.org/

CrisisCommons seeks to advance and support the use of open data and volunteer technology communities to catalyze innovation in crisis management and global development. CrisisCommons actively supports CrisisCamp, a barcamp event, which seeks to connect a global network of volunteers who use creative problem solving and open technologies to help people and communities in times and places of crisis. The Wiki is where they collect notes, plan projects, and capture and share information.

 


VOST LOGO

VOSTs in “Active” status may use and adapt the VOST Logo on social media networks such as Facebook and Twitter. Use by VOSTs in development or offline for seminars, webinars, training, conferences, presentations, merchandise, apps, marketing, and the like are by request to be cleared in writing in advance by VOSG.us. We’re a new movement, hence things have to be reviewed on a case by case basis. Further details here.