An Emergency Volunteer Center (EVC) would be activated by the Town of Los Gatos in the event of a disaster to increase the capacity to coordinate spontaneous volunteers during disaster response and recovery activities. An EVC serves as a location where volunteers can be assessed for skills and assigned to specific tasks. An EVC may function in any of the following ways:
Combination of all three
What is a Spontaneous Volunteer?
A community member who comes forward following a disaster to assist governmental and/or non-governmental organizations with disaster-related activities without pay or other consideration. Spontaneous volunteers are not initially affiliated with a response or relief agency.
The Emergency Volunteer Center Program
Disaster response in Santa Clara County needs more than official responders. An organized system for volunteers plays a key role in helping affected communities respond to and recover from all types of disasters.
The 15 cities/Towns of Santa Clara County have partnered with the County Office of Emergency Services and the County Employee Services/Human Resources to develop a plan to manage spontaneous volunteers during a disaster.
The Town of Los Gatos Emergency Volunteer Center, in the event of a disaster, would provide a centralized resource for coordinating volunteers with unmet volunteer needs.
In The Event of a Disaster
The Los Gatos/Monte Sereno Police Department will provide updated information on the EVC site location, hours of operation, and necessary forms to become a spontaneous volunteer.