Disaster Healthcare Volunteers
Who Are Disaster Healthcare Volunteers
The Disaster Healthcare Volunteers (DHV) Program is designed to ensure that, in the event of a disaster, pre-credentialed volunteer medical and health staff will be deployed to assist in response and recovery efforts. In July 2007, the Emergency Medical Services Authority (EMSA), established the Disaster Healthcare Volunteers program as the overarching program for medical volunteers in California. As such, the Emergency System for Advance Registration of Volunteer Health Professionals (ESAR-VHP) has been folded into the Disaster Healthcare Volunteers System.
When you register on the secure web-based registry, you will indicate your volunteer preferences and enter information about your skills. The registry will automatically notify you in the case of a disaster and track your deployment.
Why Register Before A Disaster
- Verify your license and certifications
- Participate in training opportunities
- Help disaster managers understand how many volunteers might be available
- Help us match your skills with the needs required in each emergency situation
How to Register
Visit the California’s DHV website
and click on the “Register Now” button located at the bottom of the page and then you’re on your way!
History of the Disaster Healthcare Volunteers Program
California is in the process of developing the Disaster Healthcare Volunteers Program (which includes the ESAR-VHP component). As is the case nationally, many complex policy and implementation issues serve as the challenge to scope, design, implement, and evaluate Disaster Healthcare Volunteers System — as well as utilize the registry tool in its most useful and efficient manner.
California’s Disaster Healthcare Volunteers System will be supported by a robust registry where individuals can register and their data and will be maintained for potential disaster use. At this time, medical volunteers are the primary entity being registered within this statewide system. The Disaster Healthcare Volunteers Program is being designed as a statewide system, which operates in coordination with the state’s Operational Area emergency medical services and public health officials, to recruit, register, credential, track, identify, deploy, and maintain currently licensed volunteer healthcare professionals for response to emergencies, disasters and terrorist incidents in California and throughout the nation.
Educational Materials and Recommended Trainings
Placer County Disaster Healthcare Volunteer Administrator
Note: Only administrators involved in the maintenance of the system or the deployment of volunteers will have access to the information in the system. The information will not be sold, shared, or otherwise be made available to other parties.