If you have been thinking about a way to volunteer when a disaster strikes here at home, Saturday is the day to join.

In partnership with local community organizations, Ford County Emergency Management will host a volunteer fair for citizens interested in assisting with local emergency response.

The fair will have volunteer training for those interested, free of charge.

"The volunteer fair is not a new concept to this area of the state," Ford County Emergency Manager Michael Dunmars said. "Because of natural disasters throughout the nation, the need to increase volunteerism is greater today than ever before.

"Volunteers are needed for all volunteer organizations assisting in disasters locally and nationally.

"Our goal is to find volunteers to assist emergency responding organizations."

There is a high demand for local volunteers and the fair will give those interested the opportunity to learn about emergency response to assist in recovery efforts in local communities.

The community agencies that will be on hand are: Catholic Charities, Retired Senior Volunteer Program, Salvation Army, Dodge City Animal Shelter, Kansas Citizen Corps Teams and CERTS, Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Services, Community Emergency Response Team, American Red Cross and Ford County Emergency Management.

The volunteer fair will be Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Ford County Emergency Operations Center located at 1506 W. Comanche in Dodge City.

Contact Dunmars by phone at 620-801-4401 or email mdunmars@fordcounty.net for more information.

To contact the writer email vmarshall@dodgeglobe.com