ACTIVE in the United States:
NEW MEXICO (NM)
OSBOURNE VOST / Los Ranchos EM
Supporting: USA – NEW MEXICO - ALBUQUERQUE - Los Ranchos
Osbourne is the Founding VOST, est. March 2011
A Brief History of Osbourne
Facebook: Los Ranchos EM
Blog: Osbourne’s Corner
Contact: Jeff Phillips, Emergency Management Coordinator at Los Ranchos de Albuquerque @LosRanchosEM
NEW YORK (NY)
NY 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 resources currently in development include: YouTube
Contact: Joanna Lane, NY VOST Team Lead @joannalane
- Hurricane Sandy – October 25th to November 4th, with surge support from Humanity Road Volunteers.
- Sandy Team Credits
- November Nor’Easter – Pre-op November 5th and 6th, activated November 7th to November 8th.
- Nor’Easter Team Credits
- Related Articles: http://crisiscommscp.blogspot.com.es/2012/11/10-reasons-why-therell-now-be-before.html
- Related Article: http://idisaster.wordpress.com/2012/11/06/five-smem-observations-and-recommendations-from-hurricane-sandy/
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
US NATIONAL ACTIVE TEAMS
ERIKSEN VOST / PORTLAND NIMO
Supporting: USA – National Contact: Kris Eriksen, Public Information Officer, Portland National Incident Management Organization (NIMO) @kriseriksen
- 2011: Shadow Lake Fire, Oregon
- 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/
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.
Team Twitter: @PNWVOST
Contact: Marlita Reddy-Hjelmfelt, Team Lead @TheRedElm
- August 2012: Barry Point Fire, Oregon
Transitioned from Eriksen’s VOST on August 16th 201
- September 23rd – October 5th, 2012 : Table Mountain Fire (Gibbons/Whittington):
PNW IMT3 VOST
Contact: Jeff Phillips @_JSPhillips, Shannon O’Brien, Information Officer, PNW IMT3
- July 13th 2012: #LongDraw #ORfire
- September 11 to 24th 2012: Wenatachee Complex
- Team Leads: Noah Huttinger @NoahSCFN and Marlita Reddy-Hjelmfelt, @TheRedElm
CRESA VOST helps CRESA, Clark Regional Emergency Services Agency, monitor & share information during emergencies in Clark County, SW Washington.
ACTIVE – Rest of the World:
Supporting: NEW ZEALAND (NZ) – WELLINGTON
- November 21st 2012: Volcanic eruption at Te Maari Craters, Tongariro
VOSTs in Development
The following teams are in development, potentially in development and/or participating worldwide in The VOST Leadership Coalition:
North America - USA
Arizona Emergency Management
Contact: Ethan M. Riley, Public Information Officer, Division of Emergency Management, State of Arizona
ALLIED AGENCIES VOST
Team Twitter: @AAVOST
Contact: Chris Hall, Team Leader @thefiretracker2 Autotelic-Connector-Social Media Ronin-HiTech startup Vet x5-Recovering Volunteer-FD Board Member (Ret.) MRC/CERT
OC VOST/ Orange County OEM
Supporting: Primarily Orange County Emergency Management Bureau
Team Twitter: @OCVOST
Jefferson County VOST / Jefferson County
Jefferson County Type III Incident Management Team
Contact: Nathan Hunerwadel @SMEM911
NEW MEXICO (NM)
Karen Takai, Fire Information Officer at Sandia Ranger District
Contact: Jeff Phillips @_JSPhillips
NORTH CAROLINA (NC)
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
PREPARE PUGET SOUND VOST
Supporting: USA – WA – Puget Sound Region
Contact: Pascal Schuback @schuback
US NATIONAL TEAMS
ALASKA (AK) IMT / Alaska Division of Forestry VOST
National Institute of Health / Montgomery CERT
Contact: Steve Peterson, Emergency Management Specialist at National Institutes of Health Washington D.C. Metro Area
National Weather Service
North America – CANADA
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
- engaging on social networks on behalf of, and with the key messaging provided by, the activating agency/organization
- 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).
Contact: Patrice Cloutier, Team Lead, Strategic Communications, Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services @patricecloutier
VIC VOST / CFA VICTORIA
SMEM Presentation: The integration of social media into emergency service procedures in Victoria, Australia. The social media integration work was awarded the 2012 Australian Government 2.0 Excellence in eGovernment Award and Martin Anderson is the 2012 Australian Government 2.0 Innovator of the Year.
UNITED KINGDOM 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.
Digital Volunteer Groups
The following are participating 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
LOS ANGELES RED CROSS CHAPTER
Contact: Alex Rose @u62
Humanity Road’s mission is to educate the public before, during and after disasters on how to survive, sustain and reunite with loved ones.
Other Entities & Groups in the SMEM Movement
The following entities and groups have related interests in using social media for emergency management, but have different missions.
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 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.
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.
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.