GLOBAL ADVISORY COUNCIL
Rafael Gálvez Rivas
Iratxe Gomez Susaeta
VOST Europe is a multi-national, multi-lingual umbrella organisation for national VOSTs, a reference for SMEM and online Civil Protection. The group helps:
- Support pan-European activities
- Amplify messages from national/local VOST teams
- Create new teams and fight hoaxes
- Coordinate with other regional VOSTs for requests for/offers of surge support
- Negotiate Agreements with public administration for activation in crisis situations
The organisation currently includes VOSTs in Spain, France, United Kingdom, Belgium, Italy and Germany, with others in development / on-hold.
VOST Americas is an umbrella group of independently managed VOSTs located in North, Central, South America and the Outlying islands. Set up in April 2016 to help coordinate emerging teams in the region, VOST Americas helps:
- Coordinate regional activities for verified teams
- Support new and emerging teams in the region
- Coordinate with other regions to request / offer international surge support
The VOST Americas region includes teams in the United States, Canada, Panama, El Salvador and Ecuador, with others in development/ on-hold.
VOST Oceania aims to:
- Undertake projects and activities within Oceania, which is the region between Asia and the Americas, including Australasia and the Malay Archipelago.
- Support new and emerging teams
- Coordinate with local and national teams, and other international teams and regions to request / offer surge support.
Teams in Australia and New Zealand are active in the Oceania region.
ALL TEAMS DIRECTORY
Active Teams / Teams in Development or On Hold
VOSTs in EUROPE
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.
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.
Bénévoles en situation d’urgence. Belgique. Vrijwilligers in noodgevallen. België. Brussels, Belgium. National coverage area by mainly Fire Department and Ambulances Services to provide information in real time in case of emergency, tips during normal situations, info about safety and security. Comprising the Flemish side (Neerlander) and Wallonian side (French). Additionally, English is spoken by many in the population. The team aims to tweet in Flemish Dutch, French and English languages.
Dumfries & Galloway VOST (Virtual Operations Support Team) will provide real time updates via social media during emergencies or major incidents.
Project to develop a #VOST (volunteers able to help emergency services online in an emergency) in Germany.
VOSTs in NORTH AMERICA
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. Strategic and Operational goals include establishing CanVOST as a nationally-recognized digital volunteer group offering support to Canadian municipalities and emergency management organizations, in both English and French.
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.
Norwich, Connecticut, at the Uncas Health District. The CT VOST is a volunteer asset primarily supporting Connecticut Region 4 (eastern CT) towns, but through mutual aid we can be requested by any town in CT.
FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY VOST
Florida State University Student team that help EMHS faculty and staff monitor social media during EOC activation.
Supporting Los Ranchos de Albuquerque, New Mexico. VOST Osbourne is Jeff Phillip’s founding VOST.
OK VOST supports the City of Altus Office of Emergency Management and The National Weather Service in Norman, OK
NEW YORK VOST
One of the first VOSTs to be established, NYVOST has responded to numerous incidents since 2011, including Hurricane Sandy and numerous severe weather events ( Suffolk County Fire Rescue and Emergency Services, Long Island), also activated to support the FDNY-IMT in New York City and most recently, the City of Long Beach Fire Department.
Formed by the NY VOST core team in 2015 to support NGO Team Rubicon USA medical team with advance intelligence for the response to the earthquake in Nepal.
OHIO VOST 1
Based in Jefferson, OH, the team supports all locations/jurisdictions in Ohio, in all hazards, supporting both OHIO EMA and local EMAs as needed.
An official Oregon State VOST. As an Oregon Virtual Operations Support Team, Oregon VOST will be ready to respond to incidents, emergencies, and disasters.
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.
PNW IMT3 VOST
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE VOST
Official National Weather Service VOST account for internal purposes, used to collect and clarify weather information. No unique information will be distributed.
WEST TEXAS VOST / NWS
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.
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.
Salt Lake County Emergency Management and the Utah Division of Emergency Management have founded the state’s first Virtual Operations Support Team. The intent is to provide social media amplification, monitoring and reporting to responding agencies so they don’t have to worry about it.
Virtual Operation Support Team for Henrico County, Virginia. We support public safety operations and first responders with actionable open source information.
Henrico County, Virginia
CRESA VOST / CRESA
CRESA VOST helps CRESA, Clark Regional Emergency Services Agency, monitor & share information during emergencies in Clark County, SW Washington.
VOSTs in CENTRAL and SOUTH AMERICA
VOST Panama provides support for multiple emergency management agencies (911 EMS, Panamá Fire Department, Panamanian Red Cross and Civil Protection), primarily to stop false information and rumors.
Whatsapp Groups: Vost Panama Central, VOST Region 4, VOST Press, VOST Information Filter, Community Managers and Administrator group.
VOST EL SALVADOR
Digital Volunteers in Emergencies and Disasters / Virtual Operations Support Team. Contribute and Collaborate in Management for Disaster Risk Reduction.
The team will cover incidents in Chile nationwide and surge support for the region during the occurrence of adverse events. Guidance and Training us being provided by VOST Panama for VOST Americas, together with support from @VOSTeurope.
VOSTs in OCEANIA
VOST Australia is currently being developed as an official resource available for emergency response agencies to use throughout Australia. In discussions with Victorian and Queensland Emergency Services regarding supporting the respective states in emergencies.
VOST Victoria services the whole of Victoria in Australia, assisting with SMEM response and recovery operations for all disasters, mainly wildfire. VOST Victoria is activated permanently during the fire season (Nov-Mar).
Supporting: NEW ZEALAND (NZ) – WELLINGTON
Information on this page is deemed from reliable sources but is not guaranteed. For current information, reach out to Teams directly. To register a new VOST or update Team information, go here. For media / general inquiries go here. To join a VOST, go here.
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