Welwyn Hatfield residents encouraged to become crisis volunteers

PUBLISHED: 12:45 29 June 2018 | UPDATED: 12:45 29 June 2018

Welwyn Hatfield Council officers. Picture: WHC.

Welwyn Hatfield Council officers. Picture: WHC.

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Welwyn Hatfield Council is urging people to sign-up to a new scheme recruiting volunteers to help during a flood, fire or other major emergencies.

The Red Cross is looking for residents to become community reserve volunteers, which will involve those registered playing an active and immediate role in helping when a crisis hits.

Welwyn Hatfield Council leader Mandy Perkins said: “Catastrophic events like Grenfell put a renewed focus on coordinating the many offers of help that come from local people in an emergency situation.

“It will be an invaluable resource to know who we have available when we’re preparing our response to a major incident and the scheme is ideal for anyone who wants to help, but may not have the time to volunteer regularly.”

A community reserve volunteer might be expected to help clear roads and paths, sort essential supplies, carry out administrative roles or map the area for the Red Cross response teams.

They would work in small teams led by an experienced Red Cross volunteer who will ensure they are well-supported and directed.

No specialist skills are required. Visit: www.redcross.org.uk/reserves or email reserves@redcross.org.uk for more information.

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