The Fayette County Emergency Management Agency is actively seeking volunteers who are willing to assist in the community in the event of a natural disaster. The initiative they created is called the Faith-Based Disaster Network, and its purpose is to better coordinate the many individual volunteers and faith based organizations that are willing to assist their communities during times of disaster.
Volunteer teams being formed now, and free training is provided to those who wish to participate. Volunteers can choose from one (or more) of the 10 Volunteer Support Teams that have been established. Once trained, your name will be placed on that team’s volunteer list. In the event of a disaster within Fayette County, you will be called to help if needed. There is no obligation or commitment.
Volunteer Management Team. Establish volunteer reception centers, track volunteers, and coordinate with other faith-based organizations.
Debris Cleanup Team. Assist homeowners with debris removal from private property.
Damage Assessment Team. Assist Fayette County Tax Assessors office in conducting damage assessments in disaster areas.
Points of Dispensing and Distribution Team. Open and run points of distribution for pharmaceuticals, ice, water, clothing, and other supplies.
Disaster Counseling Team. Consoling and counseling disaster victims.
Shelter Management Team. Work in pre-established shelters operated by the American Red Cross.
Communications Team. Certify as an amateur radio operator to assist county communications.
Donated Goods Management Team. Manage and organize donated goods that are provided by community citizens.
Animals in Disaster Team. Assist with housing, sheltering, and support for animals that are not allowed in emergency shelters.
Special Skill Sets Team. Volunteers with various skill sets that may be useful in a disaster.
For more information on how you can get involved, contact the Missions Coordinator.