American Red Cross
The American Red Cross, a humanitarian organization led by volunteers and guided by its congressional charter and the fundamental principles of the International Red Cross movement, provides relief to victims of disaster and helps people prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies. The local Concho Valley Branch Office of the Chisholm Trail Chapter serves six counties and is always in need of volunteers.
Those interested may call 325-658-4409 or visit the office at 4202 S. Bryant Blvd. in San Angelo.
Citizens Emergency Response Team (CERT)
The Concho Valley Council of Governments organizes this cadre of local volunteers trained for disaster response and recovery. Members train to gain a greater understanding of individual, family and community preparedness as well as a more comprehensive understanding of emergency management in general. These volunteers also receive hands-on training in disaster response and recovery activities. For more information, contact the Concho Valley Council of Governments at 325-944-9666 or visit www.cvcog.org.
Federal law has reaffirmed the Salvation Army’s authority to provide disaster assistance with the passage of the Robert T. Stafford Emergency and Disaster Assistance Act, which also created the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). This act specifically names the Salvation Army as a relief and disaster assistance organization. When the Salvation Army initiates a disaster relief operation, the first aim is to meet the basic needs of those who have been affected, both survivors and first responders. Even at this level, the Salvation Army’s workers are ministering that they serve as a means of expressing God’s love. Anyone interested in volunteering can reach the local office at 325-655-6981 or visit 215 Gillis St. in San Angelo.
Amateur Radio Club
The San Angelo Amateur Radio Club is an organization with a long tradition of providing service to the people of the Conch Valley. Organized in the 1920s, the club continues that tradition today by providing communication support to public service events, such as Rebuilding Together, the Crop Walk for Hunger and numerous others. Club members can also participate in the National Weather Service’s SKYWARN severe weather spotting program, which provides timely on-the-scene weather observations via the weather service’s radio club radio station, N5NWS, located in the Doppler radar room at the San Angelo NWS office. For more information, please visit www.w5qx.org.
San Angelo REACT Inc.
San Angelo REACT provides personnel and equipment for disaster and public service, and has been serving the area for more than 30 years. REACT members volunteer thousands of hours each year to assist law enforcement, emergency personnel and other organizations in the state of Texas. For more information, please call San Angelo REACT Inc. at 325-655-5918.