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Help! Volunteers needed for storm recovery

By By MICHELE GERLACH Publisher
Escambia County's Long Term Recovery Committee (ECLTRC) will hold a meeting and training session this week for volunteers who are willing to share their time and talents with those still struggling to recover from Hurricane Ivan's effects.
The unmet needs of Escambia County residents are estimated in the millions of dollars. Volunteers will be asked to help them negotiate government paperwork to exhaust all possible avenues for help, and to help with activities like warehousing supplies and answering phones for the committee.
A small group of volunteers completed the training before the holidays. Carolyn Jennings, who's heading the effort to get volunteers trained, said those volunteers have been asked to attend Wednesday's meeting and bring more volunteers with them.
Once the volunteers are in place, Jennings hope to organize them to work in the area of the county in which they live.
The ECLTRC also will help coordinate the efforts of volunteer groups who come in to the community to assist with clean-up and repairs.
The meeting is set for 10 a.m. this Wednesday, Jan. 5, at First United Methodist Church in Flomaton.