Harris: We need volunteers in case of disaster

Published 12:00 am Thursday, May 5, 2011

Following last week’s devastating tornados in North Alabama, now is a perfect time to make preparations for natural disaster emergencies on a local level, said county EMA director Susan Harris.

“During disasters EMA has volunteers that help, but it is not organized and training in the areas are limited,” Harris said. “During a major disaster, the duties of EMA director are overwhelming and volunteers would be a major asset to the county.

Harris said help is needed in the following areas:

• Kitchen: This volunteer would be needed during disasters when EOC is open.

• Donated goods: This volunteer would be needed during disasters. We need someone who will be responsible for receiving donated goods and dispersing the items to all citizens of Covington County.

• Individual assistance: This volunteer would be trained to perform a windshield survey and to guide FEMA to areas in Covington County.

• Public assistance: This volunteer would help manage debris pick up and to inform public.

• Call takers: Volunteers to answer phones and pass along information.

• Equipment: This volunteer would help with equipment needs for the county.

To apply to be a volunteer, call 334-+428-2670 or applications may be submitted by mail to EMA, P.O. Box 188 Andalusia 36420, fax at 428-2606.