TAVARES — The Lake County Department of Community Services Volunteer Program will continue its series of Disaster Management Volunteer Reception Center training courses on:
- Friday, March 17, 1 to 3 p.m., at Minneola City Hall, 800 N. U.S. Highway 27;
- Thursday, March 23, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., at Spring Creek Elementary, 44440 Spring Creek Road, Paisley; and
- Wednesday, March 29, 3 to 5 p.m., at Astor County Library, 54905 Alco Road, Astor
Open to the public, the volunteer reception center trainings help prepare potential volunteers and local volunteers of community agencies, such as the American Red Cross and Salvation Army, for the upcoming hurricane season and other potential large-scale disasters. A similar training course was completed by dozens of volunteers in January.
“These courses are much like what we did in January, except now there will be health screenings available so our volunteers can be aware of how to take care of themselves as well,” said Helena Osborne-Ponsi, Lake County Volunteer Coordinator.
The training course teaches volunteers the protocol to setting up a volunteer reception center during a disaster. A volunteer reception center provides emergency managers a place where large numbers of volunteers can be efficiently processed and referred to agencies needing their services.
A volunteer reception center also assists agencies with being able to fully document records of volunteer hours, define specific job duties for skilled volunteers, appropriately place more volunteers and provide a positive public perception of response and recovery efforts.
For more information about the Disaster Management Volunteer Reception training courses, call Helena Osborne-Ponsi at (352) 343-9771.