“We enjoyed it, though we learned a lot. We really did. That was a big thing,” she said.
The couple has also helped run shelters in Swanton and Milton, Vermont during windstorms and ice jam flooding.
Erica Fuller, the Senior Regional Disaster Workforce Engagement Manager saw the Vermont flooding as a way to give local volunteers an opportunity to learn more about disaster training in the field, without having to leave their home state.
“We decided that it would make sense for us to use this as an opportunity to build capacity. It was a chance to train local volunteers who maybe haven't done sheltering before; haven't done distribution of emergency supplies before; haven't supported logistics and offer them some training opportunities -- and get them out in the field supporting their local community.”