With the hurricane season upon us, many local nonprofit organizations are ramping up efforts to increase awareness of community resources that help Broward residents prepare for and respond to a disaster.
The local volunteer mobilization center HandsOn Broward has administered Disaster Response Team trainings for the past twelve years. The trainings provide participants with information about the organization’s role with the county in the event of an emergency and demonstrate how volunteers can assist in that effort. HandsOn Broward is recognized as a leader in Florida’s Emergency Support Function 15, handling volunteers and donations in the aftermath of a natural or manmade disaster.
“Managing unaffiliated, spontaneous volunteers to meet the needs of organizations and individuals impacted by an emergency is critical for response and recovery,” said Dale Hirsch, President and CEO of HandsOn Broward. “Our trainings equip volunteers with the knowledge and tools necessary to respond to community needs in the event of a disaster.”
HandsOn Broward will host several Disaster Response Team trainings in the coming months, as well as a mock Volunteer Reception Center drill on June 30th. Individuals who are interested in participating should contact Sander Schrantz, Director of Emergency Management, at 954-233-1291.