The Disaster Response Module (DRM) is an add-on to our standard Connect product and is available for purchase to all Connect clients.

This article applies to Connect site administrators using the Disaster Response Module (DRM).

Developed in collaboration with coastal United Way offices and a state-level commission tasked with disaster-relief support, the Disaster Response Module (DRM) is available as an add-on to the Get Connected volunteer platform.

The DRM's purpose is to facilitate volunteer management in time of a disaster by providing an on-demand “digital command center” within your Get Connected platform.

This article provides a basic overview of the DRM and contains links to more specific DRM information.

DRM Overview

To access the DRM, go to your admin panel and select Modules > Disaster Response from the sidebar menu:

The DRM features three tabs:

  • Needs - shows all DRM needs and includes number of volunteers requested and the number of volunteers who have responded. Click here to learn more about using the Needs tab.
  • Volunteers - shows details of all volunteers who have submitted a disaster profile. Click here to learn more about managing volunteers during a disaster.
  • Settings  - used to put various administrative settings into place, including auto-approvals, waivers, and supplemental volunteer questions. Click here for more information on how to manage your DRM settings.

Note: Prior to Get Connected 2.6, the DRM included a Communication tab for emailing agencies and volunteers about disaster-response needs. This functionality has been integrated into the Email Blast, which you can learn more about here.

See the following articles to learn about the DRM tools available to you in the various stages of a disaster.