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Service project to help at-risk populations prepare for disaster
By Staff reports

March 18. 2014 10:10AM
The Helpline Center is seeking volunteers to assist with a service project in honor of Severe Weather Awareness Week, assembling and delivering disaster preparedness kits to people who are low income, elderly and/or disabled.

The Helpline Center coordinates quarterly Volunteer Sioux Falls projects, such as the kit assembly, engaging community members in service. For this project, the Helpline Center is partnering with Sioux Empire Organizations Active In Disaster, which is made up of many area nonprofit and faith-based groups that work together to respond to disasters in the Sioux Empire.

Volunteers will assemble between one and four emergency preparedness kits and deliver them to the homes of people who are elderly and disabled from 5:30 to 7 pm on April 21 at the Washington Pavilion before the National Weather Service and City of Sioux Falls hold their annual Severe Weather Preparedness presentation.

Those not able to volunteer are asked to consider donating used cell phones, first aid kits, hygiene items, canned food with pop tops, emergency Mylar blankets, matches or air-activated hand warmers for the kits.

People who are elderly or disabled can apply for kits by dialing 211. Only 200 will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Volunteers must pre-register to pack and deliver the kits at www.helplinecenter.org. Those wanting kits delivered to their homes can dial 2-1-1 for more information.






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