The Randolph County area was hit with two major weather disasters last year -a major derecho in July that knocked out power across the state and Superstorm Sandy in October, that dumped heavy, wet snow across the region, causing utilities to be off for up to two weeks for some residents.
The Randolph County Local Emergency Planning Committee, which prepares and plans a response during these emergencies, will sponsor an informational meeting for potential volunteers at 7 p.m. June 26 in the conference room of the Randolph County Courthouse's Weese Annex on Randolph Avenue.
"We are looking for people who are interested in serving in different capacities should the Office of Emergency Management become activated during a significant weather event," said Randolph County OEM Director Jim Wise. "We need folks who are willing to fill the roles of what is needed here at the center during these events."
Wise said it was very difficult to keep up with all of the information and the amount of calls received at the center during these weather emergencies. The center will offer training to those that come forward to volunteer.
Volunteers must demonstrate a willingness to help, be 18 years of age or older, possess a high school diploma or GED and have no felony convictions.
"There are no limits on the amount of volunteers," Wise said. "Due to the shifts being 12 hours long, it is not a problem to have three complete groups of volunteers. This will also help if some of the volunteers cannot make it in due to weather conditions or emergencies with their families."
Wise said this is a great opportunity for those who want to help their communities.
"This is a chance to make an impact or make a difference in their community," Wise said. "It gives people education in how this works and insight into why we do what we do and why we get the results we get. Maybe it will dispel some of the rumors and give information to some of the unanswered questions folks have in their minds."
Wise said this opportunity offers educational benefits to those who choose to volunteer.
"It will be an education for people to understand more fully how we operate and what is expected of us," Wise said. "I want to get people involved - this is a community effort, not a one-man show."
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