Volunteers Sought to Assist During an Emergency Situation

Published on: 2020/07/23 - in News

The City and the United Way of Kingston Frontenac Lennox and Addington (KFL&A) have signed a memorandum of understanding  to allow volunteers who have undergone all the required training and security checks to volunteer during an emergency event.

The memorandum states that a minimum of 50 people from the community will be registered, trained and available to assist during an emergency situation.

“This agreement formalizes the long-standing relationship between the City and our community partner, the United Way of KFL&A and puts in place standards that volunteers will need to meet,” said Chief Shawn Armstrong with Kingston Fire & Rescue, which oversees emergency management.

“An emergency can take many shapes, and these individuals could be called on to work at a temporary shelter or help communicate important messages to residents,” Armstrong added. “These are examples, and as we know, an emergency can take many shapes and create different needs.”

Individuals interested in learning more about the volunteer position can email volunteer@unitedwaykfla.ca with “Emergency Response Volunteer” as the subject line. Residents who choose to apply will complete a registration process and complete training specific to supporting the City responders working at an emergency.

“We are so grateful for all our volunteers, who are exceptional people, dedicated to their community and its well being. We thank them for their commitment,”said Bhavana Varma, President and CEO at the United Way of KFL&A. “This is an exciting opportunity for people to sign up in the event of future emergencies.”

Photo (cropped): FEMA (cc)