Planning for Volunteers and Donations After a Mass Violence Incident
The flood of volunteers and donations that come in immediately after a mass violence tragedy can be overwhelming. Here’s how you can manage them more effectively.
Administrators responsible for the safety and security of schools, institutions of higher education and healthcare facilities must not only try to prevent, respond and mitigate a mass violence incident, but must also plan for how the campus will recover should their organization experience this type of tragedy.
One aspect of recovery is the large number of people who usually want to help, either by volunteering their time and services or giving money or supplies to the recovery effort. Although this generosity is greatly appreciated by the victims and the community, managing the flood of volunteers and donations that come in immediately after a mass violence tragedy can be overwhelming.
In this video, Kathryn H. Floyd, Ph.D., who is a mass violence and terrorism visiting fellow at the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office for Victims of Crime, describes the steps campuses and other organizations can take to make the process more manageable.
She discusses what campuses might expect to experience in terms of volunteers and donations after an mass violence incident. Additionally, she explains the difference between credentialed volunteers and spontaneous volunteers, and how campuses can manage them effectively.
Floyd also covers the different types donations and how organizations can combat fraudulent Go Fund Me campaigns.
For additional information and resources on planning for volunteers and donations after a mass violence event, visit www.ovc.gov.