UNCG Campus Weekly

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Recruiting volunteers for emergencies, disasters

UNCG is implementing a program for current employees who wish to help during emergencies and disasters impacting campus and who not have a current role during these events. The “Spartans Act” volunteers will play an important role in the university’s response to significant emergencies, says Jason Marshburn, director of Emergency Management, who hopes to recruit at least 100 volunteers.

The goal of the Spartans Act program is to recruit and train volunteers ahead of an incident. Volunteers may be trained as a general volunteer or for a specific role, such as an emergency call center operator, he says. “We would keep them regularly engaged and activate them as necessary. By having a large group of pre-trained volunteers that are university employees, emergency response efforts and times will be improved and it will also greatly improve the safety of those responding to the incident. Further, having pre-trained volunteers will allow critical resources to be better utilized.”

He adds, “I envision this program being a significant part of the university’s response network.”

Interesting in learning more or in volunteering? An online interest form as well as more details are at http://emg.uncg.edu/AboutUs/SpartansAct.htm.