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Vernon needs more emergency support services volunteers for growing number of evacuees

Vernon City Hall
August 05, 2021 - 8:39 AM

The City of Vernon is looking for volunteers to assist with the Emergency Support Services program amid the evacuation of residents in the region due to the White Rock Lake wildfire.

The Vernon ESS Reception Centre is welcoming residents who have been evacuated due to the fire that is currently burning near Westwold and helping to connect them with basic needs such as food, shelter and essential items.

"Given the immediate need to place volunteers in the reception centre to help with evacuee registrations and service referrals, the city is working to expedite the application and training process and will be providing volunteer training over the next several days," according to a city news release.

The ESS program positions include: data entry, registration of evacuees, preparation of service referrals, and program support, according to the news release.

Applications can be submitted online through the city's website.

All applications will be thoroughly reviewed and vetted and necessary training will be provided.

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