Habitat for Humanity of Lake-Sumter is branching out with a new, extensive disaster response training program to begin mid-2016 that will benefit Lake and Sumter counties, and the Central Florida region.
“I am most excited that this will prepare local volunteers with the skills to mobilize in the event of a disaster here in our local area,” said Habitat of Lake-Sumter CEO, Kent Adcock, who will serve as the president of Habitat Disaster Relief.
We will focus on locals and others across the country who come in for training and certification, then we will offer actual work camp experiences for those who want to work in an actual disaster response opportunity,” he said.
The local affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International has been around 25 years, and has provided affordable housing to more than 220 deserving families in Lake and Sumter counties, so the disaster training project is unique for the local organization.
“I am not aware that this is a focus of any other Habitat affiliate,” Adcock said, adding Habitat’s house-building and rehab work remains strong.