Training for Hurricane Case Workers
Speakers from many disaster relief agencies gave presentations and handed out pamphlets on just how the caseworkers can better accommodate the evacuees choosing to stay in Missouri.
Only 45 case workers attended the training and FEMA hopes to reach about 200 volunteers. Each case worker is asked to sign a 2-year commitment providing assistance to their families. And they could have anywhere from 10 to 20 families at a time.
Before each caseworker is certified to give assistance to hurricane victims, they must first pass a background check. Tuesday's training will help caseworkers better use private and public resources when assisting evacuees.
"We are going to try to meet there needs for six to 12 months, anywhere from clothing to grocery supplies, rent assistance, education of children, employment opportunities, furnishing for homes, and this could be a wide range of items, from pot and pans to bedsheets," explained statewide volunteer coordinator Dante Gliniecki. "So there's a lot of things we will be helping them with."
Anyone who wants to become a volunteer that will assist hurricane evacuees can call the United Way or FEMA for more information.