On Oct. 12, a partnership was announced aimed at creating a registry of community volunteers who want to help when disaster strikes. Entitled Greater Sudbury Emergency Response Volunteer Registry (GSERV), it will include the names of volunteers along with the skills they would like to offer in assisting professional emergency responders and agencies during a disaster, emergency or pandemic.
A partnership between Volunteer Sudbury, the City of Greater Sudbury, Health Sciences North and the Sudbury and District Health Unit, the registry’s volunteers will now ensure Sudbury is better prepared if called to aid their fellow residents.
“Sudbury has a potential database of thousands of volunteers,” Barbara Nott, past chair of Volunteer Sudbury, said in a press release. “Volunteer Sudbury was approached by the City of Greater Sudbury’s Emergency Management section to host the database of people willing to volunteer during and following an emergency, pandemic or disaster situation.”
After a summer of flooding in Thunder Bay, and forest fires in the Timmins and Kirkland Lake areas, the need for a database such as the Greater Sudbury Emergency Response Volunteer Registry has never been more evident, officials said.
“GSERV is going to be as strong as the citizens in our community who are willing to volunteer their time and skills,” said Mayor Marianne Matichuk. “I encourage every resident to take the time to consider what they can do to get involved to show compassion, leadership and community spirit.”
The Ontario Trillium Foundation, along with the support of the City of Greater Sudbury, Health Sciences North and the Sudbury & District Health Unit, helped make the registry possible.
To register as a volunteer, visit volunteersudbury.com or contact Monica Dorion at 705-560-6661.