Volunteers are being sought across Northamptonshire to sign up with The British Red Cross to help when a crisis hits.
British Red Cross Community Reserves support the local community in the event of a local, large scale disaster such as a flood or fire, carrying out essential behind-the-scenes duties – like preparing kit and equipment, or filling sandbags.
Volunteers will get a text when an crisis hits – asking them to reply 'yes' if they can help and to receive details about the incident, where to go and what to bring.
The scheme is open to people aged 18 or over and applying takes less than ten minutes. Community Reserve Volunteers will become part of the official multi-platform response unit and will perform key task when a disaster unfolds.
Key organisations within Northamptonshire including Northamptonshire County Council, Northamptonshire Police, and Northants Fire & Rescue Service support the service and are urging local residents to sign up.
Northamptonshire County Council cabinet member for public protection Andre Gonzalez de Savage said: "This scheme makes a vital resource in times of desperate need.
"Many people want to help in a crisis, but don't know how, or where to show their support. It's not just firefighters or first aiders that are needed in a crisis, all support makes a difference."
You can sign up as a British Red Cross Reserve at: https://reserves.redcross.org.uk/