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The Vermont Emergency Response Volunteers program (VERV) is a network of trained volunteers ready to assist in Vermont's emergency response activities. VERV volunteers can sign up to work alongside local district health offices and regional and statewide volunteer organizations in the event of a disaster or public health emergency.
The VERV Registry System is a tool used by the member organizations so that they may utilize the system to collect their volunteer's contact information and skills and be able to send alerts to their volunteers when needed.
VERV volunteers are medical service professionals and Vermonters from all walks of life. Volunteers are trained to be a part of an emergency response team – performing critically needed jobs, such as supporting the operation of mass clinics, assisting patients to get the help they need right away or assisting with emergency food delivery.
VERV also includes the Vermont Emergency System for Advanced Registration of Healthcare Professionals (ESAR-VHP). This is a component of our VERV Registry System. Every State independently develops, maintains, and operates an ESAR-VHP System. This effort is being funded through a federal grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response. This system for mutual assistance is developed through common definitions, standards, and protocols. In this way, Vermont can facilitate the deployment of willing, needed, qualified healthcare volunteers.