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Emergency Volunteer Center, EVC

Napa Valley/Sonoma County Fire Updates

We encourage all volunteers and people involved in the disaster response to take care of yourselves even as you are caring for others. Please click here for self-care resources for volunteers following a disaster. 

10/17/17 UPDATE – Napa EVC closing

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CVNL serves as an Emergency Volunteer Center (EVC), overseeing volunteers and donations for Napa and Marin Counties in the event of a disaster. We are currently operating an EVC in Napa in response to the Napa Valley and Sonoma County Fires. The Napa EVC is located in the Napa Valley Community College Gymnasium (2277 Napa Vallejo Hwy, Napa, CA 94558). The Marin EVC staffed by CVNL has been deactivated/closed and a new shelter is being established at a Mill Valley site.

Donations of goods are currently at capacity and not being accepted at the Napa EVC. Other locations and organizations may be accepting donations. An unofficial list of North Bay Fire Donation & Volunteer Information is available on Google.

Our role as an Emergency Volunteer Center is to be a go-to for volunteering when a disaster is declared in Marin and/or Napa Counties. CVNL EVCs, along with the Red Cross, Food Bank, Salvation Army, County of Marin, County of Napa, Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT) and other partners in Marin and Napa, collaborate to respond to the most urgent needs.

The level of volunteer support that has been demonstrated for those impacted by the Napa Valley and Sonoma County fires has been amazing! Thank you to all those who have signed up to volunteer, made donations and jumped in to help. We are incredibly grateful and inspired by your dedicated service to our neighbors and communities in this time of need.

Stay strong Bay Area!

Donation Information

Monetary donations are being accepted by CVNL here and are being distributed directly to local charities supporting evacuees in Marin County. In Napa, the Community Foundation is accepting monetary donations.

If you’re looking to donate items, the most helpful and versatile way is in the form of a gift card, which we will accept at either Emergency Volunteer Center.

What is CVNL’s role as an Emergency Volunteer Center (EVC)?

We’re a go-to for volunteering when a disaster is declared in Marin and Napa Counties. CVNL EVCs along with the Red Cross, Food Bank, Salvation Army, County of Marin, County of Napa, Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT) and other partners in Marin and Napa are activated. We all know each other and collaborate to respond to the most urgent needs.

What is an EVC?

  • A clearing house for engaging spontaneous volunteers
  • Matches spontaneous volunteers with community needs
  • Staffed by trained personnel
  • Provides one-stop shopping for the volunteer

Frequently asked Questions…

When is the EVC activated?
When an emergency happens, EVCs are activated when the State of California makes a declaration. Counties then activate EVCs from their Office of Emergency Services and Emergency Operations Centers (EOC). The EOC is the central point where emergency services are coordinated (i.e. Police, Fire, etc.). If the EVC is activated, there are a couple of things that could happen. If the power is on, most of the coordination will happen online and via phone. CVNL’s EVC may open a call center. If the power goes out, radios and other devices may be utilized.

Where are the current CVNL EVC activities happen?
In Marin: Marin Civic Center Exhibition Hall – 10 Avenue of the Flags at the Marin County Fairgrounds
In Napa: Napa Valley Community College Gymnasium – 2277 Napa Vallejo Hwy, Napa, CA 94558

What are the hours of EVC operation?
Typically the EVC operates for seven days throughout a disaster (may be extended). The EVC is open up to 12 hours each day.

What is the difference between Affiliated and Spontaneous EVC volunteers in California?
Affiliated volunteers are pre-trained for a specific disaster. Examples include Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT), the Red Cross and other organizations. CVNL Napa is the convening point for CERT volunteers for Napa County. Ready Marin is the Marin County CERT representative. Spontaneous unaffiliated volunteers have no previous disaster training and are not affiliated with a response organization. CVNL’s EVC in both Marin and Napa are convening points for spontaneous volunteers.

Who helps during an emergency, and where do spontaneous volunteers sign up?
Our CVNL staff, volunteers and board members, along with people who have been pre-trained by CVNL set up the EVC hub. Other people register on our online portal as spontaneous volunteers, and are engaged if/when they are needed. CVNL’s EVC members will then guide contacted volunteers through the training process and ultimately to a productive support role.

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