Welcome to VTResponse. We are the clearinghouse of information for those seeking help and those wanting to help in the wake of Tropical Storm Irene. We’ve been here since Day 1, which after disaster is a darn long time. Thanks for visiting.
How to Use this Site:
If you need help, please click here, call 802-922-4202 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
If you want to volunteer, please click here. Also keep watching the homepage for opportunities to help around the state. You can search using the box to the right or click on one of the blue tabs. You can also connect with other volunteers in our Forums, a wealth of information from those volunteering across Vermont.
A word on etiquette: It’s easy to get wrapped up in the cavalier “get it cleaned up” attitude. Please remember that you are cleaning up someone’s home. This someone is a person who likely did not anticipate having a ruined home. A great deal of mourning accompanies disasters, and as a volunteer, it is paramount that you are sensitive to this. You may be there to help clean out garbage from a basement, but if someone wants to tell you a story about every piece in there, it is part of your job to sit and listen.
You are also a stranger, so introduce yourself, ask IF you can help and ask HOW you can help. There is a great deal of pride in Vermont; don’t underestimate how hard it might be for someone to accept help.
A word on safety: There are hazards associated with volunteering. To be safe, you must bring with you a new N95 mask (about $5 at hardware store), Boots, Work Gloves, and wear pants and sleeves. Free N95 masks are also available from the Health Department District Offices. Bring your lunch and bottled water to drink. The Health Department is recommending that no one under the age of 18 be involved in clean up efforts. There are plenty of other ways kids can help, but mucking out basements is not one of them.
If you are out in the field, and come across people needing help, please share our phone number (802-922-4202) and website with them. You can also relay information back to us, and we’ll do what we can to get volunteers out there.
Thank you for all of your great work; keep it up.