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Duluth Volunteer Coordinator Recognized for Organizing Response Efforts in Storm Damage

Updated: February 19, 2020 07:09 PM

A local volunteer coordinator for the City of Duluth was recognized for her work in coordinating response efforts in the community for storm damage and other natural disasters in Duluth.

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Cheryl Skafte was recognized by the State of Minnesota Department of Public Safety Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management for being an outstanding community partner.

She has been with the City of Duluth since 2012. Skafte said she felt "strange" to get an award for simply doing her job.

"It's a real honor to be recognized and to feel like maybe something that we're doing in Duluth is something that other communities can learn from and grow from and maybe improve upon their own emergency management response systems when it comes to natural disasters and storms," said Skafte.

Skafte said she started her role as volunteer coordinator in 2012, a week before the 2012 flood. She said it's important during times of disaster to help each other.

"To me this award means somebody who has utilized the resources that are available to them and organize the people within our own community to be able to respond to the needs that have come up," said Skafte. "I think it's really important that people are aware that in times of disaster there is a network of voluntary agencies that are available and that can be mobilized to provide support."

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