DeKalb County VOAD organization growing, needs volunteers

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FORT PAYNE, Ala. (WHNT) -- An organization of volunteer groups is growing and expanding in DeKalb County.

DeKalb County has a lot of volunteer groups, so last year an organization new to the county was formed. It's called VOAD, which stands for Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster. "

Emergency Management Agency Director Anthony Clifton says VOAD is meant to organize all of the volunteer groups in the event of severe weather or disaster. "Whether it's church or faith-based groups, Red Cross, Salvation Army, anybody who works in disaster."

Clifton says they meet once a month. He says the organization is still new to DeKalb County, but it's growing and expanding quickly. However, because it is so new, they're still working toward an end result, and are looking for more volunteers.

"Anybody that wants to work in disaster, whether it be on the preparedness side, or the recovery side, or even the response, we need volunteers in all areas," Clifton says.

Officials say anyone can be a volunteer. "Anybody that wants to help, we'll find a place for them," Clifton says.

Officials say while VOAD is still growing, the organization is ready to go in the event that its needed.

If you would like to volunteer, contact the DeKalb EMA at (256) 845-8569.

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