County seeks volunteers for disaster help

Marion County Emer?gency Management is looking for skilled individuals who are prepared and willing to serve in many roles during a disaster of all sizes.

Volunteers will receive training in the FEMA Inci?dent Command System and National Incident Manage?ment System, including position-specific training, according to Randy Frank, MCEM director.

?In addition they will also receive education in other fields important to the handling of any disaster or emergency,? he added.

Volunteers who complete the training will become members of the newly created MCEM Auxiliary, which Frank described as ?an organization that consists of trained, dependable volunteers who assist, to the best of their ability, in protecting and preserving the life, property and natural resources of the citizens of Marion County, during times of natural and man-made disasters.?

These volunteers will not be limited to helping only in Marion County, Frank said. They could be asked to respond to situations in the south central region of the state.

?In this training program, the county is looking for more good candidates?this the first of its kind in the county,? Frank said.

?The government can?t do it all,? he added. ?We want people who are energetic and want to make a difference in our community.?

Frank said not every volunteer has to train in every aspect of disaster response. Training events will be scheduled in such a way that volunteers can decide which aspects they wish to learn.

For more information, contact MCEM, 202 S. 4th St., in Marion or email Frank at rfrank@marioncoks.net.