Leveraging Libraries as Hubs for Spontaneous Volunteers
Post-disaster community members seek opportunities to volunteer and support recovery efforts.
Tapping into this resource requires governments to have a plan to receive, train, and equip
spontaneous volunteers rapidly. Libraries are known community hubs, provide great space for
processing and training volunteers, and have access to resources related to disasters through
the National Libraries of Medicine among other sources. Nashua Office of Emergency
Management will use grant funds to establish spontaneous volunteer reception center hubs
utilizing libraries and librarians and developing a guide on how to best utilize the Disaster
Information Management Research Center and the Wireless Information System for Emergency
Responders to build just-in-time training on health and safety post disaster.