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Chris Williams                               CERT & Citizen Corps Coordinator       (614) 794-0213


chriswilliams@franklincountyohio.gov
Volunteer Administrative Support Team - VAST
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Franklin County Emergency Management and Homeland Security

Volunteer Administrative Support Team (VAST) Program

About VAST:

VAST volunteers respond to Franklin County Emergency Management and Homeland Security (FCEM&HS) as a surge capacity force multiplier and perform a variety of roles during emergencies and disasters faced in Franklin County.  Vast volunteers help us to gather critical information from our citizens, governmental entities, non-profit organizations, etc. to help us develop a snapshot of the current situation in Franklin County. The types of volunteer roles, responsibilities and training are listed below.

VAST Volunteer Roles:

VAST Specialists are typically CERT volunteers who to support our Joint Emergency Operations Center (JEOC) by filling the following types of volunteer roles:

  • FC CERT Assistant Coordinator volunteer
  • JEOC volunteers
  • Joint Information Center (JIC) volunteers
  • Assessment Center volunteers

VAST volunteers help by:

  • Taking and placing phone calls
  • Passing important messages to proper officials
  • Operating radio equipment
  • Scanning radios and televisions for information
  • Researching vital information via the internet

VAST volunteers should be proficient in:

  • Communicating
  • Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.
  • Writing
  • Researching
  • Working in a team environment or alone

VAST Specialist Training

VAST volunteers train in the following areas:

  • FCEM&HS Joint Emergency Operations Center (JEOC) layout
  • FCEM&HS JEOC Joint Information Center (JIC) layout
  • FCEM&HS JEOC Assessment Center layout
  • VAST volunteer positions
  • Phone anatomy
  • Message taking
  • Message flow

VAST PowerPoint Presentation

VAST volunteers are recommended to take these courses:

Supplemental VAST courses

VAST Volunteer Requirements
  • Volunteers responding to the immediate need should live within 15 minutes of Franklin County Emergency Management and Homeland Security (FCEM&HS).  Additional shifts can be from anywhere.
  • Be ready to respond to FCEM&HS upon request.
  • Self sufficiency is a must.  Bring issued CERT pack and any supplies needed for the 4 hour shift such as food and drinks.  Be prepared to stay longer if necessary.
  • Work 4 hour shifts.  VAST volunteers take breaks after 4 hour shifts.
  • Be prepared to stay additional shifts.  Events such as snow emergencies may not allow volunteers to leave at the end of the 4 hour shift.  Volunteers should take this into consideration when deciding to deploy to FCEM&HS as a VAST volunteer.
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