TAVARES—The Lake County Public Safety Department’s Emergency Management Division is inviting residents to join its Disaster Volunteer Program. The program offers an opportunity for individuals, non-profit, faith-based, private or community organizations to become involved in assisting the county’s nine primary and 19 secondary emergency shelters during times of disaster.
“This program provides much-needed support for shelters and citizens in times of need,” said Tommy Carpenter, manager of Lake County’s Emergency Management Division. “By volunteering, residents can make a real difference in their community.”
The American Red Cross and the Lake County Emergency Management Division will provide a mandatory one-day training for all volunteers wishing to assist in shelter operations. Once applicants have undergone and passed a county background check, they will be asked to agree to a one-year commitment to work at an emergency shelter during times of need. Volunteers assigned to shelters will report to and take direction from a Red Cross shelter manager.
“There are numerous benefits to volunteering, including supporting our most vulnerable populations, teambuilding and gaining new knowledge and skills,” Carpenter added.
To participate or for additional information, contact Lake County Emergency Management at 352-343-9420 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For up-to-date information on Emergency Management operations, visit http://www.facebook.com/LakeCountyFLEmergencyManagement or www.twitter.com/lakeemergency.