Spontaneous Volunteers Program
When planned or unplanned disasters strike a community, Police, Fire, EMS and Emergency Management automatically activate according to their response plans. These affiliated volunteers have specific functions to perform in ensuring an effective response to and recovery from the disaster’s devastation. But another group of volunteers continues to pose a challenge: spontaneous, unaffiliated volunteers. Spontaneous volunteers – our neighbors and ordinary citizens – often arrive on-site at a disaster ready to help. Yet because they are not associated with any part of the existing emergency management response system, their offers of help are often underutilized and even problematic to professional responders. The paradox is clear: people’s willingness to volunteer versus the system’s capacity to utilize them effectively
How to Volunteer Successfully
1. DO NOT GO TO THE SCENE OF THE DISASTER. The arrival of unexpected volunteers will interfere with response efforts.
2. VOLUNTEERS WILL BE NEEDED MOST DURING THE RECOVERY PHASE. Please be patient and wait until disaster relief personal announce when and where to volunteer.
3. STAY SAFE by volunteering with a reputable agency!
Donations Management Program
This program will address the response to the donations problem generated during a disaster. The program provides an organizational and operational framework for Plainfield to assess the need for, request, receive, and distribute disaster relief supplies, equipment, and other material and technical assistance as well as donations necessary to respond to and recover from natural and human-caused disasters and emergencies, including acts of terrorism.
How to Donate Successfully
1. LISTEN CAREFULLY TO PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTS FOR A LIST OF NEEDED ITEMS. Donate only those items and bring them to the designated donations receiving centers.
2. BE PATIENT. It may take a few days to determine what items are needed and to set up officially designated donations receiving centers.
Debris Management Plan
This program will address the response to the management of debris generated during a disaster. The program provides an organizational and operational framework for Plainfield to coordinate the efforts in clean-up, removal and disposal of debris following a major emergency or disaster in The Village of Plainfield.
Phased Approach to Debris Management in an Emergency
Phase One: Emergency debris clearance to open access for emergency response vehicles and necessary traffic. This may be accomplished by jurisdiction officials due to the immediate nature of the situation.
Phase Two: Debris issues affecting health and safety. These may include such issues as chemical, sewage, and flood contaminated debris, as well as dangerous limbs and trees, dead animals, and spoiled food.
Phase Three: Other actions necessary to protect health and safety. These may include, but not be limited to, pest or rodent control activities associated with the presence of debris.
Phase Four: Complete all remaining debris activities necessary to restore the county to pre-disaster condition.
If you want to volunteer to be a partner in any of the above disaster relief programs please contact the Plainfield Emergency Management Agency at (815) 436-6215.
If you want to volunteer for the Plainfield Emergency Management Agency please stop by the Plainfield Police Department, 14300 S. Coil Plus Drive, or visit www.plainfieldema.org to download an application. Completed applications can be returned to the Police Department.