The mission of Lake And Sumter Emergency Recovery (LASER) is to strengthen Lake and Sumter Counties’ recovery from any disaster through a coordinated community-wide approach which provides for the immediate and long-term unmet needs of our citizens.
LASER was incorporated on October 27, 2005. LASER became fully active on February 2, 2007 when we responded to the unmet needs of those directly affected by the Groundhog Day Tornados that impacted Lake Mack and the Villages in Lake County. Since that time, LASER has assisted multiple families in the disasters of the Eustis tornados, the 2004/2005 Hurricanes and most recently Tropical Storm Fay.
LASER is continuing its efforts in the repair and recovery process of Tropical Storm Fay. Of the 72 beginning cases, LASER has 14 cases that are currently a continued “work in progress” and/or still in need. LASER logged 15,000 volunteers for the year 2009.
LASER has partnered with Kids Against Hunger to become a satellite packaging operation. Our most recent goal is to assist in Haiti Relief Efforts and to meet the hunger needs of those in our local communities and neighboring counties.
LASER also assists the Lake County Health Department in facilitating the Medical Reserve Corps for Lake County. The mission of the Medical Reserve Corps is to engage volunteers to strengthen public health, emergency response and community resiliency. If you would like to sign up to become a Medical Reserve Corps volunteer please contact firstname.lastname@example.org