Despite the numbers of people who stepped in to volunteer during this summers East Peak Fire, Huerfano County is looking to be better prepared when it comes to organizing volunteers. As KRCC’s Kate Dunn reports, the county wants to set up a pre-established a team that would be ready in the event of any disaster.
The call went out in early September for 20 to 25 people to help fill the Community Emergency Response Team, but Huerfano County’s emergency Manager, Diego Bobian says recruitment has been slow.
"It seems to me that in the event of the disaster such as the East Peak Fire, we started to get more volunteers at that time but when we’re trying to plan for a team like the CERT, not too many hands are being raised."
Volunteers would assist with gathering donations, organizing supplies for community shelters, and taking notes at public meetings. The team would operate on an on-call basis.
Interested volunteers can contact Diego Bobian at the Huerfano County Emergency management office for more information.