Volunteers needed for disaster response
Sarasota County Health and Human Services is recruiting a team of volunteers to run Volunteer Reception Centers during a disaster.
In a disaster, a Volunteer Reception Center may be setup to organize volunteers. The Volunteer Reception Center is a vital part of managing the numerous volunteers who respond to assist those in need during a natural or man-made disaster. It acts as a staging area to process and dispatch volunteer teams to the affected disaster areas.
Volunteer Reception Centers connect volunteers with public safety (fire and police) and local leaders.
Volunteer Reception Centers do not control the incident; they only provide support in the way of volunteers and donated goods and services.
Those interested in running a Volunteer Reception Centers are invited attend the Recruitment and Training Workshop scheduled for Thursday, September 28 from 6 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Morgan Family Community Center, 6207 Price Blvd, North Port, in Sarasota. Participants will gain experience to set up and run a Volunteer Reception Center.
Officials say it is a challenge to register everyone who volunteers following a disaster. Sarasota County has adopted Volunteer Reception Centers as a best-practice model to help ensure volunteers work in meaningful and constructive roles during the disaster response and recovery process.
"After a major disaster occurs, the large number of spontaneous, unaffiliated volunteers who show-up to assist with recovery can be overwhelming to an already stressed community," said Bridget Sims, Volunteer Reception Center Coordinator. "Volunteer Reception Centers are a key component to disaster recovery."
To reserve your place at the workshop, visit
or call Bridget Sims at (941) 861-2562. If you have questions, please contact Bridget for more information.