Victoria Partners in Preparedness:
The Victoria Partners in Preparedness Program is a public-private partnership geared toward information and resource sharing before, during, and after emergencies and disasters. Led by the Victoria Office of Emergency Management (OEM), the program is supported by a partnership between the Victoria OEM, the City of Victoria, the Victoria Economic Development Corporation, the Victoria Chamber of Commerce, and the University of Houston-Victoria’s Small Business Development Center.
The primary goals of the program are to:
- Develop multiple means of communicating information between the local government and the providers of goods and services in our community in all phases of an emergency.
- Provide a forum for collaboration between like-entities so that issues can be solved at the lowest level.
- Establish joint training and exercise programs that involve “whole-community” preparedness and foster interest in private and not-for-profit preparedness.
- Make Victoria an attractive place to live and conduct business by supporting and encouraging private-sector efforts to build community resilience.
About the Partners in Preparedness Program:
- Information about current threats, weather alerts, and other important information are pushed out through email regularly, allowing local organizations to better serve their customers and protect their employees.
- Training and exercise/drill opportunities are regularly extended to the Partners. In the future, Partners will be able to share opportunities with other members.
- During major emergencies, Partners are provided regular briefings, and are called upon to assist in the information-gathering process. Specific Partners groups may be mobilized to assist in planning, responding, or recovering from emergencies.
The Victoria Partners in Preparedness Program is broken down into the following groups:
- Community Partners: business owners and employees seeking critical information about preparing, responding and recovering from a local disaster
- Animal Issue Partners: individuals willing to assist with animals of all types prior to, during and after a disaster
- Amateur Radio Partners: individuals who hold an amateur radio license and volunteer to assist with emergency management response and recovery
- Donations and Unmet Needs Partners (VOAD and Recovery Partners): individuals, Non-profit Organizations and Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters (VOAD) that typically provide services following a local disaster
- Education Partners: administrators of public and private schools, colleges and universities
- Functional/Access/Special Needs Facilities and Home Care Providers: businesses and individuals that provide healthcare services to individuals in their home; businesses and representatives of:
- Area Hospitals
- Nursing Homes
- Mental Health Facilities
- Assisted and Independent Living Facilites
businesses and representative that provide services or support to the Home Healthcare Service Partners and Special Needs Facilities
Becoming a Partner:
The Victoria Partners in Preparedness Program is open to any Victoria organization who wishes to participate. However, in order to insure the appropriate personnel within each organization are involved, Partners should be:
- Owners, Directors, or Managers.
- Safety or Security staff (in leadership roles).
- Training staff.
- Individuals with operational control over an organization’s personnel and/or resources.
- Individuals authorized to make decisions regarding the health/safety of the organization’s customers and staff.
*Additional requirements for Partners Groups may be applicable.
Interested in becoming a Partner? Follow the link below or contact:
Victoria Office of Emergency Management
John A. Johnston, PE, CFM
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