Thanks to the enthusiasm and efforts of the #SMEM, #VOST, #MSGU and #RSGE communities of interest, The Virtual Operations Support Group (VOSG) continues to grow as a project driven team of teams working across several continents.
Recent discussions between VOST Spain, Association VISOV and the new VOST Belgique, have led to the formation of the VOST Europe Regional Coalition. VOST Europe is working to gain support for VOST across the 28 Sovereign states that comprise the European Union. A similar coalition for VOST Americas is also now being discussed.
As a project driven group, the VOSG has facilitated a number of projects over the last 2 to 3 years to further information sharing and collaboration between emerging multinational VOSTs. In 2013 and 2014, VOSG hosted #SMEMau, a special twitter chat for the Australian Bushfires, which also promoted the work of VOST Vic and helped them raise public support.
In 2014 and 2015, the VOSG also successfully negotiated an agreement between Association VISOV and the US Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology, for permissions to publish a French translation of a SMEM guide, adapted to suit the French MSGU constituency. This legal agreement now provides a boilerplate template for possible future translation projects published by VOSTs located outside U.S. borders.
Members of the VOSG have recently set up an “always on” multinational alert notification system on WhatsApp. Discussions are taking place in 3 languages simultaneously – Spanish, English, and French.
Association VISOV is currently working on a project to help raise the profile of SMEM and VOST in a coordinated citizen appeal with a unified message in multiple languages. This project offers VOSTs worldwide the opportunity to collaborate on a multinational, multilingual effort to support the COP21 Convention on Climate Change, taking place from Monday November 30th 2015 to Friday December 11th 2015 in Paris, France. The project targets the core capabilities of participant VOSTs and individual digital citizens activating in a multinational operational environment. Save the dates!
The VOST Leadership Coalition is taking steps to move further down the path of standardizing and credentialing best practices to support Emergency Managers in the U.S. The group meets on the last Friday of each month by conference call.
As the VOST concept has spread organically across the world over the years, a thorough understanding of the different strategies, tactics and cultural considerations has become critical to, amongst other aspects, the VOST mutual aid support component. The VOSG website assists in filling these gaps through team specific blog postings in English and Spanish.
We will continue to help meet the needs of this growing multinational, multilingual #SMEM, #MSGU, #RSGE community of interest.
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