Wasted resources volunteers and disasters

dc.contributor.advisorDahl, Erik
dc.contributor.authorSouza, Andrew A.
dc.contributor.corporateNaval Postgraduate School
dc.contributor.secondreaderPiombo, Jessica
dc.date.accessioned2012-03-14T17:41:35Z
dc.date.available2012-03-14T17:41:35Z
dc.date.issued2009-12
dc.description.abstractIn the aftermath of the Oklahoma City bombing, a reported 12,000 volunteers arrived to help. Immediately after the 9/11 attacks, an estimated 30,000 volunteers converged on ground zero and the Pentagon. As the weather cleared following Hurricane Katrina, over 60,000 volunteers descended upon Lousiana, Alabama, Texas and Mississippi. These well-intentioned citizens were both a blessing and a curse. While offering assistance, they also snarled key roads, distracted first responders who were worried about their safety, and created massive accountability and administrative headaches. To address the problem of volunteer convergence at disaster sites, some locales have developed their own unique volunteer in-processing systems, commonly rerfered to as volunteer reception or volunteer mobilization centers. These systems are developed independently, do not always tie into disaster plans, and are not standardized across the nation. America lacks a national plan for integrating these volunteers and currently has no mechanism for ensuring their credentials across the nation. A national volunteer card and database system are needed to better utilize America's most valuable asset, her people, during times of crisis. Empowering and documenting the skills average citizens already posses are the keys to proactively managing volunteers and assigning them where needed.en_US
dc.description.distributionstatementApproved for public release; distribution is unlimited.
dc.description.serviceUS Air Force (USAF) author.en_US
dc.description.urihttp://archive.org/details/wastedresourcesv109454341
dc.format.extentxvi, 107 p. ;en_US
dc.identifier.oclc503306019
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/10945/4341
dc.publisherMonterey, California. Naval Postgraduate Schoolen_US
dc.subject.lcshVolunteersen_US
dc.subject.lcshCivil defenseen_US
dc.subject.lcshCooperationen_US
dc.titleWasted resources volunteers and disastersen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dspace.entity.typePublication
etd.thesisdegree.disciplineSecurity Studiesen_US
etd.thesisdegree.grantorNaval Postgraduate Schoolen_US
etd.thesisdegree.levelMastersen_US
etd.thesisdegree.nameM.A.en_US
etd.verifiednoen_US
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