Arlington Network for Community Readiness (ANChoR)
ANChoR is the volunteer program of the Arlington County Office of Emergency Management (OEM). Its mission is to support OEM in educating and assisting Arlington for emergencies.
Who We Are
ANChoR volunteers are community members over the age of 16 who work or live in Arlington and want to prepare and serve their community during an emergency.
- General Volunteers – Volunteers who wish to only be called upon to assist during large-scale events, such as Snowzilla, Derecho, or large mass community outreach events.
- Core Volunteers – Volunteers who wish to be more engaged by promoting preparedness within the community, and supporting OEM throughout the year, including during emergencies.
What We Do
- Build Readiness – ANCHoR volunteers help to prepare the County for emergencies through outreach, education and community projects, including:
- Staff tables at fairs and outreach events
- Conduct canvassing and mass outreach campaigns
- Lead preparedness discussion and workshops with their Civic Association or community group
- Provide Critical Support – Volunteers support OEM, both in our day-to-day functions and during emergencies, including:
- Service as note-takers, facilitators, and actors during exercises
- Staff Volunteer Reception Centers
- Support the Emergency Operations Center
All Core Volunteers must complete the Core Training Requirements to participate in most activities. Most of these trainings can be completed online, and can be verified by submitting a certificate of completion. We offer in-person options for these trainings throughout the year as well.
- OEM 101: ANChoR Orientation
- Personal and Family Preparedness
- IS-230.D: Fundamentals of Emergency Management
- IS-100.B: Introduction to Incident Command System, ICS-100
- IS-700.A: National Incident Management System (NIMS), An Introduction
Core volunteers who want to help promote preparedness within their community or fill specific roles during an emergency can train to be on one of the following teams.
- Outreach & Education Team – Volunteers who provide community preparedness education, such as leading discussions or workshops with their Civic Associations or community groups. Training includes:
- ARL 101: Arlington County Orientation
- IS 242.B: Effective Communication
- IS-505: Religious and Cultural Literacy
- Emergency Support Team – Volunteers who support OEM and other agencies during emergencies in the Emergency Operation Center, Watch Desk, or Volunteer Reception Center.
- EOC 101: Introduction to WebEOC & the Emergency Operation Center
- ECC 101: Emergency Communication Center Orientation
- IS-775: EOC Management & Operations
- Incident Command Center Workshop
Network with Us
While the focus of ANChoR is to promote readiness in the community, we also strive to provide social opportunities for our members to meet one another, as well as emerging leaders and experts from the field. On the second Tuesday of each month, we host Hazard Junction at Ireland Four Courts from 6:30-8:30pm, a monthly networking series connecting local emergency managers and industry leaders with volunteers and interested residents to discuss emergent and hot topics in the fields of emergency management, disaster response and volunteerism. All Aboard!
OEM 102: Personal/Family Preparedness– January 19, 7-9 p.m., Info & Registration
OEM 101: ANChoR Orientation– February 21, 7-8:30 p.m., Info & Registration
A Novel Catastrophe: Wave– March 14, 7-8:30 p.m., Info & Registration
OEM 102: Personal/Family Preparedness– March 29, 7-9 p.m., Info & Registration
A Novel Catastrophe: Raft People– May 9, 7-8:30 p.m., Info & Registration