Emergency Volunteers Getting New Site on Web

Saturday, 05 February 2011

From: The News-Messenger

The Ohio Emergency Management Agency and the Ohio Department of Health's Office of Health Preparedness have announced a new website, ohioresponds.gov, to support coordinated volunteer programs that make Ohio communities safer, stronger and better prepared to respond to any emergency situation.

Ohio Responds maintains a pool of volunteers that can be quickly and efficiently mobilized in an emergency. Activities change with each disaster, and can vary from sandbagging to answering telephones to providing medical assistance.

The health department is the coordinating agency for the Ohio Medical Reserve Corps.

The emergency management agency coordinates the remainder of the Ohio Citizen Corps programs, which include Community Emergency Response Teams, Fire Corps, Volunteers in Police Corps Services and USA on Watch/Neighborhood Watch.

This network empowers first responders to focus on saving lives during an emergency, and allows volunteers to focus on critical support tasks such as debris removal, staffing shelters or providing critical medical support for disaster victims. Ohioans who wish to volunteer with an Ohio Citizen Corps program found on Ohio Responds can register online at ohioresponds.gov.


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