When Disaster Strikes, How Will You Help?

Posted on August 21, 2012. Filed under: Volunteering is Hot! |

Over the last few years, it seems like we can’t go more than a few months without hearing about an emergency or disaster in one corner of the world.  Whether it is a natural or manmade disaster, there never is a shortage of opportunities for communities to come together to help each other through hard times.  By now we would hope that most people know that it is never a good idea to self-deploy to assist relief workers during a disaster.  However, it is completely understandable that you can’t just stand by while there are neighbors out there that need help! 

Well HandsOn is here to help that dilemma.  HandsOn is the Emergent Volunteer Center for Marion County.  That means that during emergencies, HandsOn is activated by Marion County Emergency Management to help direct well-meaning volunteers to areas they can help.  Ideally volunteers are trained and affiliated with a response organization like the Red Cross.  When that is not the case, HandsOn has an organized system for sending volunteers where they are needed most.  So what does this mean for you?  Well you can identify yourself to HandsOn as a potential volunteer to help in a disaster.  HandsOn will then contact you and give you the option to volunteer when we hear of a need.  You could also take things one step further.  Become a trained volunteer leader in the Emergent Volunteer Center!  When HandsOn is activated to run the EVC in an emergency, it is a huge operation for our little staff of 3.  Be a volunteer leader in the thick of the action with us and help us deploy volunteers out into the field.

Also remember!

The first step to assisting others in disaster is ensuring you and your family are taken care of.  Check out the HandsOn website for helpful tools an tips to building your own disaster plan and 72 hour kit.

Act Now!

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