Volunteers make a big difference to build and maintain a strong community!
Hundreds of volunteers in the SLV train regularly to assist you in your time of need.
The more prepared you are, the more likely it is that you can help out in a disaster instead of being one of the people who need help. Consider joining your local volunteer Fire Department or Emergency Medical Service.
If you are interested in helping out through other local volunteer programs, here are some links to point you in the right direction:
American Red Cross: Apply to be a volunteer on line. If you have questions about local training opportunities call the San Luis Valley Representative: 719-588-5812.
SLV Citizen Corps Council Organizing and planning for disaster response.
Programs include the Community Emergency Response Teams, Neighborhood Watch and Medical Reserve Corps. Contact Sue Davis 719-588-2481.
What is a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)?
What is a Neighborhood Watch program?
San Luis Valley Medical Reserve Corps Medical and non-medical volunteers needed.
Learn Crisis Counseling and Psychological First-Aid
Contact the San Luis Valley Mental Health Center: 719-589-3671
The value of having emergency radio communication during a disaster cannot be underestimated. The ARES website explains more about this service and has training resources on line. Contact Phil Schechter 719-256-6789 to find out more or to join the KD0QPG Crestone Amateur Radio Emergency Services Club. They provide Emergency Services Coordination and manage a DStar repeater.
Search and Rescue Teams in the San Luis Valley can be contacted through your County Sheriff’s Office
Are you interested in becoming a Storm Spotter?
The National Weather Service has two national SKYWARN spotter training modules on COMET's MetEd web site. You must sign up for an account in order to take the training. It’s easy to sign up through the links below! (Select “Weather Enthusiast” under Affiliate Organization.)
The first class is Role of the SKYWARN Spotter which is a one-hour module, providing basic training for all spotters. Through multiple scenarios, procedures for making spotter reports, including communication and storm report criteria, are modeled with best practices for maintaining personal safety outlined.
The second module is SKYWARN Spotter Convective Basics.