The Role of the Health Department during an Emergency
The Vermont Department of Health is the state’s lead agency for public health policy and advocacy. Through our 12 district offices we provide essential health promotion and disease prevention services - in partnership with local health care providers, voluntary agencies, schools, businesses and community organizations - to improve health and extend statewide initiatives in local communities throughout the state.
The Department of Health is the state agency that is trained to respond to Vermont public health emergencies, such as a natural disaster, an infectious disease outbreak, or a terrorist event. Communication planning, preparedness drills, and collaboration with multiple state agencies and private service organizations strengthens our ability to effectively provide the critical support needed to assist and protect the public.
Become a Vermont Emergency Response Volunteer
You can help respond to a public health emergency. In your neighborhood and throughout Vermont, citizen volunteers and medical professionals are needed to provide the important - and often life-saving - services needed in any emergency. If you want more information about becoming a volunteer, click here.
What is VERV?
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 a number of state agencies, including the Health Department, in the event of a public health emergency.
Emergency Response 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, and assisting patients to get the help they need right away.
Sign Up to Volunteer
Emergency preparedness means being ready now to respond to a situation quickly and effectively. Sign up today, so we can all be ready when you're needed.
The Vermont Department of Health will be among the multiple state agencies that is trained to respond. VERV volunteers can sign up to work alongside a number of state agencies, including the Health Department, in the event of a public health emergency such as a natural disaster or terrorist event. Your participation will provide critical support in our state's time of need.