The Door County Fire Chiefs Association has joined forces with other local entities to create a resource to provide information and assistance to the residents and guests of Door County through the duration of the hardships surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak.
The association – with the cooperation of and support from the Door County Public Health Department, ADRC, Door County Community Foundation, and county and local governments – has created the Door County Emergency Support Coalition to assist neighbors and visitors.
“It is our hope to be able to provide a cohesive message, answer questions and [provide] assistance to nonemergent problems,” said Chris Hecht, Sister Bay/Liberty Grove fire chief and president of the Door County Fire Chiefs Association. “This will be a clearinghouse for those who need help, want to help, and create that connection. We want to connect those who are in need with those who can help.”
The coalition is not meant to be a substitute for 9-1-1 services. In emergencies, residents should still dial 9-1-1.
That coalition’s assistance includes delivering and shopping for food and supplies, helping to perform welfare checks for family or neighbors, and connecting people with child-care support. The coalition is also seeking volunteers with health-care backgrounds to potentially assist with interpreting coronavirus guidelines.
To that end, the coalition is seeking a large team of volunteers to support the effort to enable people to be successful in social distancing and potentially sheltering in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
“As we collectively try to navigate through this uncharted territory in the days, weeks and months ahead, we must work to remain calm, optimistic and most of all, unified,” Hecht said.
More than 29 percent of Door County’s population is older than 65 – the population most vulnerable to this virus and those who require the greatest protection.
Volunteers are needed for, but not limited to, collecting and delivering food, medication and other essential items to high-risk or quarantined individuals; managing logistics and supplies; answering phones and calling residents; and filling various volunteer shifts throughout the day. Volunteers will not be exposed to high-risk or quarantined individuals because there will be no physical contact while performing their duties.
This is a fluid situation, so needs are subject to change. The coalition anticipates the demand for volunteers to be urgent, great and long term.
To get more information, request help or volunteer, visit DoorCountyPulse.com. To find out more about volunteering, you may also call 920.868.0289. To receive nonemergent assistance in northern Door County, call 920.421.9111 or 920.421.4422. To receive nonemergent assistance in central or southern Door County, call 920.746.6927 or 920.746.6928.