The Volunteer Registry is a secure web based data base that is used to identify and notify individuals willing to respond to a public health emergency.
The Montana Volunteer Registry allows people to offer their particular skills and knowledge in times of disaster or emergency. The registry gives volunteer coordinators the opportunity to collaboratively and efficiently call up the volunteers they need for any particular event.
The Registry is available for use by individuals willing to volunteer for disaster response and organizations that utilize volunteers, including hospitals, local public health jurisdictions, CERT, MRC, etc.
Begin by clicking the ‘Register Now’ button on the home page (http://mtvolunteers.mt.gov). Simply fill in the information and follow the instructions for registration. Please indicate your membership in any volunteer programs or organizations when you register.
There is no fee for registering. The Registry was developed and is maintained by the Hospital Preparedness Program, Department of Public Health & Human Services with funds provided by the US Health and Human Services' Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness & Response.
You will be asked to provide information specific to you and your skills as well as your current contact information and availability. This information is needed to determine if and when you can be asked to volunteer for certain events.
You may log-in with your username issued to you and the password you selected when you registered and change or update the information you have provided.
A registry system can help respondents to an emergency to quickly and efficiently organize and communicate with volunteers. A registry saves time getting the right volunteers to the right place at the right time to do the right job.
The volunteer registry for hospitals, known as the Montana Healthcare Mutual Aid System (MHMAS), is a registry to coordinate and verify medical personnel for responding to local, regional, or statewide emergencies. It is a registry for people who wish to volunteer directly in a hospital setting. The Volunteer Registry is for people who want to serve in any public health response for the other, but critically important, functions of an emergency response and won't be working in patient care.
A person only needs a willingness to register and offer their particular skills. However, people with medical credentials who want to volunteer in medical settings will undergo a background check.
Background checks are performed on all Type I and Type II volunteers working at a local public health department. Type I volunteers have a current, unencumbered medical license and practice in a hospital. Type II volunteers have a current and unencumbered medical license, but do not practice in a hospital (i.e. a clinic, public health department, etc.)
Volunteers have the option to select a variety of settings in which they would be willing to volunteer. For example, a volunteer might choose to work at an immunization clinic or a shelter. If a volunteer does not want to serve in a medical capacity, no background check is required.
When a need for volunteers arises, the Registry will identify potential volunteers based on where the event occurs and the types of volunteers needed. If you are identified as a potential volunteer, you may be contacted via email or phone and asked if you are willing to participate in the current event. It is important for you to keep your contact and skills information up to date.
No, a volunteer may decline a deployment request. The choice is yours.
You may be asked to volunteer outside of your local community if you have selected that option when you register. A volunteer has the option to decline any deployment request anytime.
You must contact your volunteer program coordinator or administrator to determine if it participates in the Montana Volunteer Registry.
The Volunteer Registry serves as a management tool for an organization. It is like a big catalogue of volunteers. If volunteers with a certain skill set are needed, the Registry can search the data base to find individuals with that skill set. The Registry can also be used to track the deployment of volunteers so that individuals are accounted for in a disaster response.
No, the Volunteer Registry is simply an informational database and not an entity that puts volunteers to work. The Registry is only an organizational tool for volunteers that agree to participate.
Because the registry is just a database for management and communication, there is no liability assumed by the Registry. If a volunteer working in response to a disaster meets the criteria and conditions of the Volunteer Protection Act of 1997, he or she may be protected.
If you want more information, contact your local public health department for more information. They can put you in touch with a Volunteer Registry manager.