All Teams

Page last updated 7/15/15: Information on this page is deemed from reliable sources but is not guaranteed. For current information, reach out to Team Contacts directly. To list a new VOST or update Team information, go here. For media / general inquiries go here.

Teams are now sorted alphabetically by country and coverage area in one of 3 categories: Active, On Hold or Expired.


ACTIVE TEAMS*

* VOST maintains social media profile(s) in the public domain with a link to a verified organization and direct contact for public inquiries. Status may range from teams that are ready to deploy a rapid response strike force at short notice on request, to teams in early stage development that are preparing for, but not ready yet to activate, or on hold for a variety of reasons. Check with contacts for current status.


AUSTRALIA: VICTORIA

VOSTviclogoVOST VIC / STATE CONTROL CENTRE

STATUS: ACTIVE   MEMBERSHIP: OPEN

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

Profile:  http://vostvic.net.au

Contact – Operations team: Brad Lemon @tyabblemons 
Contact – Recovery team: Daniel Eshuis @deshuis

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


CANADA: NATIONAL

CanVOST_logoCanVOST

STATUS: ACTIVE   MEMBERSHIP: OPEN

The Canadian Virtual Operations Support Team (CanVOST) will support emergency management agencies and other organizations by monitoring social media (or conducting active social listening) to gather operational information and assess the situation and needs of communities/citizens affected by incidents/emergencies. It will also detect reputational threats to requesting agencies on social media and online.

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.

Twitter: @canVOSTactual

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


FRANCE: MULTINATIONAL

VISOV_logoASSOCIATION VISOV

STATUS: ACTIVE   MEMBERSHIP: REQUEST

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


NEW ZEALAND: NATIONAL

NZ VOST - Logo - finalNZ VOST

STATUS: ACTIVE   MEMBERSHIP: REQUEST

Supporting: NEW ZEALAND (NZ) – WELLINGTON

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

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


PANAMA: NATIONAL

VOST Panama logoVOST PANAMA (VOSG)

STATUS: ACTIVE   MEMBERSHIP: REQUEST

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


SPAIN: NATIONAL

vost.es logoVOST SPAIN (VOSG)

STATUS: ACTIVE   MEMBERSHIP: REQUEST

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 – @BilbaoJokin
National Coordinator (Training): Javier Blanco – @tango_alfa2

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

SPAIN: REGION TEAMS:

VOSTandaluciaAndalusia

STATUS: ACTIVE

Twitter: @VOSTandalucia

 

 


Aragon – @VOSTaragon
STATUS: ON HOLD


Asturias – @VOSTasturias
STATUS: ON HOLD


Baleares – @VOSTbaleares
STATUS: ON HOLD


Canary IslandsVOSTcanarias

STATUS: ACTIVE

Twitter:  @VOSTcanarias
Facebook: facebook.com/VOSTcanarias

 


Cantabria – @VOSTcantabria
STATUS: ON HOLD


CastillaLaManchaCastilla La Mancha

STATUS: ACTIVE

Twitter: @VOSTclm

 


CastillayLeonCastilla y León

STATUS: ACTIVE

Twitter: @VOSTcyl

 

 


VOSTcatalunyaCatalonia

STATUS: ACTIVE

Twitter: @VOSTcat

 


VOST ceutaCeuta

STATUS: ACTIVE

Twitter: @VOSTceuta

 


VOSTeuskadiBasque Country

STATUS: ACTIVE

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


VOST extremaduraExtremadura

STATUS: ACTIVE

Twitter: @VOSTextremadura

 

 


VOSTgaliciaGalicia

STATUS: ACTIVE

Twitter: @VOSTgalicia

 


vostmadridMadrid

STATUS: ACTIVE

Twitter: @VOSTmadrid

 

 


vostmurciaMurcia

STATUS: ACTIVE

Twitter: @VOSTmurcia

 

 


Navarra – @VOSTnavarra

STATUS: ON HOLD


vostlariojaLa Rioja

STATUS: ACTIVE

Twitter: @VOSTlarioja

 

 


Valencia Community – @VOSTvalencia
STATUS: ON HOLD


EUROPE: REGIONAL

vosteurope_avatarjpgVOST Europe

STATUS: ON HOLD

VOST Europe is a coalition of VOST located in the Europe Union to undertake projects and activities within the EU.

 

Twitter: https//twitter.com/vosteurope
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/vosteurope
Accounts Managed by VOST Spain: http://www.vost.es
Contact: Jokin Zubieta – @BilbaoJokin


UNITED KINGDOM: NATIONAL

vost.ukUK VOST

STATUS: ACTIVE   MEMBERSHIP: OPEN

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.

Website: http://www.vostuk.org

Twitter: @VOSTUK

Contact: Ben Proctor http://www.linkedin.com/in/likeaword


UNITED STATES: COLORADO (CO)

COVOST twitter logoColorado Virtual Operations Support Team – COVOST

STATUS: ACTIVE   MEMBERSHIP: OPEN

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


UNITED STATES: HAWAII (HI)

hawaii-vostHAWAII VOST

STATUS: ACTIVE   MEMBERSHIP:

Facebook Group

Team Twitter: @HawaiiVOST
Contact: Burt Lum @bytemarks


UNITED STATES: MARYLAND

Twitter_logoMontgomery CERT VOST / National Institute of Health

STATUS: ACTIVE   MEMBERSHIP:

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.


UNITED STATES: NEW MEXICO (NM)

Official VOST logoVOST OSBOURNE  / Los Ranchos de Albuquerque

STATUS: ACTIVE   MEMBERSHIP: CLOSED

Twitter: @LosRanchosEM

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

VOSG Blog: History of Virtual Operations Support Teams

 


UNITED STATES: NEW YORK (NY)

NYVOST-logoNY VOST

STATUS: ACTIVE   MEMBERSHIP: OPEN

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 Hurricane Sandy, blizzards and other severe weather events. In 2015, NYVOST supported the FDNY-IMT in New York City.

Blog Article: 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

    • MULTINATIONAL TEAM

skyVOST_plain_vanilla_logo_2_flattenedskyVOST

STATUS: ACTIVE   MEMBERSHIP: OPEN

    • Established 2015 for the Nepal Earthquake Response.
    • Client: Team Rubicon USA
    • Twitter: @skyVOST
    • Contact: Joanna Lane, skyVOST  Team Lead @joannalane
    • Associate Team Leads: Matthew Green, MPA, EMT. Donna Lee Weber
  • e: skyVOST1 [AT] gmail.com

UNITED STATES: OHIO (OH)

OHIO VOST 1 logoOHIO VOST 1

STATUS: ACTIVE   MEMBERSHIP: OPEN

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


UNITED STATES: OKLAHOMA (OK)

OKVOST

OK VOST / Altus OEM

STATUS: ACTIVE   MEMBERSHIP: OPEN

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


UNITED STATES: OREGON (OR)

OregonVOST_logo

 OregonVOST

STATUS: ACTIVE   MEMBERSHIP: OPEN

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


UNITED STATES: UTAH (UT)

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UTAH VOST1

STATUS: ACTIVE   MEMBERSHIP: OPEN

Salt Lake County Emergency Management and the Utah Division of Emergency Management have founded the state’s first Virtual Operations Support Team. Currently in development, Utah VOST 1 plans on using best practices from VOSTs around the nation, including those from their sister state, Colorado. The intent is to provide social media amplification, monitoring and reporting to responding agencies so they don’t have to worry about it.

Website: http://utahpio.org/utah-vost-1/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/utahvost1
Contact: Joe Dougherty @PIO_Joe


UNITED STATES: VIRGINIA (VA)

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HENRICO COUNTY VOST

STATUS: ACTIVE   MEMBERSHIP: OPEN

Henrico VOST is the product of a year long effort to research VOST best practices in order to find the best methods for use in Virginia. Managed through Henrico County OEM, the VOST team uses many familiar VOST methods. Henrico VOST uses a VOST manager position within the EOC’s planning section to facilitate team management and processing of any information. In early development stages, Henrico VOST is currently recruiting volunteers. The Team’s first activation is scheduled for the UCI Road World Championship Bike Race September 19th-27th 2015.

Twitter: https//twitter.com/henricovost
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HenricoVOST
Website: http://henrico.us/fire/
Contact: Gabe Lugo e: HenricoVOST [AT] Henrico.us


UNITED STATES: WASHINGTON (WA)

CRESA_VOST-_LogoCRESA VOST / CRESA

STATUS: ACTIVE   MEMBERSHIP: REQUEST

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


UNITED STATES: NATIONAL

cropped-vost-logo.jpgERIKSEN VOST / PORTLAND NIMO

STATUS: ACTIVE   MEMBERSHIP: REQUEST

Supporting: USA – National Team

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


UNITED STATES: NATIONAL

PNWVOST-Logo_White

PNW IMT2 VOST / PNW2

STATUS: ACTIVE   MEMBERSHIP: REQUEST

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

PNW IMT3 VOST

STATUS: ACTIVE MEMBERSHIP:

Official Site

Contact: Jeff Phillips @_JSPhillips, Shannon O’Brien, Information Officer, PNW IMT3. Noah Huttinger, Team Lead


UNITED STATES: National Weather Service

cropped-vost-logo.jpgNWS VOST

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


TEXAS (TX)

cropped-vost-logo.jpgWEST TEXAS VOST / NWS

STATUS: ACTIVE   MEMBERSHIP: REQUEST

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:


TEAMS ON HOLD*

*  VOST(s) that maintain social media profile(s) in the public domain that may be just starting out, under-resourced, under-developed, or dormant. Check with contacts for current status. Share updates by submitting a comment below.


EUROPE: BELGIUM: National

VOST BELGIQUE

VOST logo
STATUS: ON HOLD   MEMBERSHIP:

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 Flamish 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.

Contact Emergency Resources Manager: Juan Luis De Castellví Guimerá @jldecastellvie: jlcastellvi [AT] gmail.com
Twitter: @VOSTbe
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/VOSTbe


UNITED STATES: CALIFORNIA (CA)

OCVOST_logoOC VOST/ ORANGE COUNTY OEM

STATUS: ON HOLD   MEMBERSHIP:

Supporting: Primarily Orange County Emergency Management Bureau

Team Twitter: @OCVOST 

Contact: Mary Jo Flynn, Team Leader, @MaryJoFly


UNITED STATES: ILLINOIS (IL)

ILVOSTblueIL VOST

STATUS: ON HOLD   MEMBERSHIP:

Team Twitter: @ILVOST

Contact: Robert Dunne @Academy911


UNITED STATES: KANSAS (KS)
KS VOST / Kansas Emergency Management Association

STATUS: ON HOLD   MEMBERSHIP:

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


UNITED STATES: NEW MEXICO (NM)

TAKAI VOST

STATUS: ON HOLD   MEMBERSHIP:

Karen Takai, Fire Information Officer at Sandia Ranger District

Contact: Jeff Phillips @_JSPhillips


UNITED STATES: NORTH CAROLINA (NC)

WINSTON-SALEM

STATUS: ON HOLD   MEMBERSHIP:

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


UNITED STATES: PENNSYLVANIA (PA)

PMRC VOST

STATUS: ON HOLD   MEMBERSHIP:

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


UNITED STATES: WISCONSIN (WI)

BROWN County

STATUS: ON HOLD   MEMBERSHIP:

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


 EXPIRED VOSTs

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

UNITED STATES: COLORADO (CO)

VOST logoJeffCo VOST / Jefferson County

STATUS: EXPIRED   MEMBERSHIP: CLOSED

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.


UNITED STATES: ARIZONA (AZ)

Arizona Emergency Management

STATUS: EXPIRED   MEMBERSHIP: CLOSED

Official Site

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


UNITED STATES: VIRGINIA (VA)

cropped-vost-logo.jpgSWVA MRC VOST

STATUS: EXPIRED    MEMBERSHIP: CLOSED

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


UNITED STATES: ALASKA (AK)

Alaska Division of Forestry IMT

STATUS: EXPIRED   MEMBERSHIP: CLOSED

Official Website

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