Community Volunteers: The Front Line of Disaster Response
Journal of Volunteer Administration
The dramatic and tragic events of Hurricane Katrina have highlighted the need for coordinated, community-based volunteer efforts to prepare for, and respond to, natural and other disasters. The recent hurricanes in the Gulf States underscore the problems and shortcomings associated with coordinating outside logistics and show a clear need for local volunteers to serve as the first line of response to such catastrophes. Such disasters are likely to occur again. When disasters do occur, citizen groups and coordinated local volunteers will again be the first responders, and will act to lessen impacts. This article identifies and suggests methods for linking local organizations, recruiting volunteers, and implementing coordinated action plans prior to, and after, the impact of natural disasters.
Brennan, M.A., C.G. Flint, and R.V. Barnett. 2005. Community volunteers: the front line of disaster response. Journal of Volunteer Administration 23(4): 52-56.