NVADG VOLUNTEER CONTRACT
Welcome to the North Valley Animal Disaster Group!
This application is for volunteer membership in the North Valley Animal Disaster Group (NVADG). Volunteers are required to attend our 2-day New Volunteer Training in Chico over the weekend of January 21 & 22, 2023. You will need to attend both days. We also expect our trained volunteers to make every attempt to be available to support animals when NVADG is activated for deployment during a disaster here in Butte County.
There is no fee for training. The costs you will incur are $57 for your background check Live Scan, and you are asked to buy at least one uniform T-shirt to wear when you are responding or doing Outreach activities. The $57 will be collected at training and is paid directly to the company providing Live Scan. You can pay by cash, check, credit card or Venmo.
For uniform attire you can pay by cash, check, credit card or PayPal. (No Venmo.) After you complete this application, you will receive a link to pre-order your uniform. Uniforms will be available at the New Volunteer Training and payment will be collected at that time.
Please review the Volunteer Contract below. After reading and agreeing to it, create your username and password to use to log in to My Volunteer / Better Impact. You will then be directed to several pages where you may enter your contact and pertinent information.
You must allow us to contact you through all methods possible. During deployment it’s essential that we can connect with you.
You must provide phone numbers - and allow text messaging, email, and physical address. We will use text messaging during deployment and urgent situations only.
Background Check for Butte County Disaster Service Workers: To be a Disaster Service Worker (DSW), it’s required that NVADG Volunteers pass a background check via Live Scan. Live Scans are unique to each organization, so even if you have been Live Scanned for your work or the State, a separate one must be done for NVADG. The Live Scan will be done at the January 21 & 22 training. The results of the background check are kept confidential. Any possible problems/conflicts will be discussed and decided on an individual basis.
ID Badge/Photos: You will receive a NVADG photo identification badge with your “AR” number, which is your NVADG identification number. This badge is the property of Butte County and must be returned upon resignation or dismissal. This ID badge must be on your person at all times while you are volunteering during a disaster or drill. We’ll take your photo at training. This standard head shot will be used for your ID Badge and will be your profile picture in your NVADG-My Volunteer Page. Please don’t upload any picture in your Volunteer Impact profile; we will upload your badge photo.
Insurance: You are expected to carry your own medical insurance and vehicle insurance for personally owned equipment used during a disaster.
Attire: If your attire is inappropriate for a task, you will be reassigned to a safer position. This is for your and your co-workers' safety. Please do not wear open-toed shoes, short pants, dresses or skirts, or orange outer garments.
Health: Your safety is our top priority. If you are not in robust health, do not attempt to work on the Evacuation or Technical Rescue Team. Please don’t try to do work that is beyond your strength, stamina, or doctor’s orders. There are plenty of opportunities to assist in areas that do not require a huge physical demand. Of course, if you don’t feel well, please stay home.
Behavior: Exemplary behavior from all volunteers is expected at all times. The incident command structure is to be respected and neither usurped nor ignored at any time. The on-duty supervisor is the ultimate on-site decision maker for all situations within the animal response program. If a duty schedule is in force, and if you are working outside your assigned time slot or work position, you may be sent home. Fatigue can cloud judgment, shorten tempers, and affect quality of work on subsequent shifts. Any confrontational behavior, evidence of illegal drug use, alcohol consumption, inappropriate smoking or vaping, willful failure to follow instructions, interference with others’ work, or evidence of theft may incur reassignment, surrender of badge, or relief of duty. Any other obviously inappropriate behavior will be handled similarly.
Food and Shelter: You are expected to bring all necessary clothing, food, drinking water, medication, bedding, and personal care supplies needed during the first 48 hours of a disaster incident. If appropriate and feasible, bring your own shelter from rain or sun. You may not be able to return home or leave the facility to purchase necessary items.
Take care of your own first: If your own family, loved ones, animals, home, or business are at risk from a progressing disaster, please take care of them before reporting to help others. If you have already committed to an immediate response, please let your supervisor know that you will be late or absent, especially if you are assigned to a leadership position.
The following is our Code of Conduct:
I will not deploy to a disaster unless the group has been authorized.
I will not wear NVADG clothing, nor use NVADG/Butte County badge if I respond with another animal rescue group.
I will respect and follow the Incident Command System.
I will not make negative comments on social media, criticize NVADG or other responding partner groups.
During a disaster I will not make public any personal private information about community members or their property. This includes social media posts.
I will not judge animal owners and will work with them to help their animals.
I HAVE READ THE ABOVE INFORMATION AND UNDERSTAND THE RULES AS STATED. I AGREE TO ALL CONDITIONS OF THIS CONTRACT. I WILL BE ISSUED AN IDENTIFICATION BADGE AND I UNDERSTAND THAT IF I BREAK THE RULES OF THIS CONTRACT, I MAY HAVE TO SURRENDER MY ID BADGE AND FORFEIT MY VOLUNTEER STATUS PERMANENTLY.
Thank you for volunteering!