Thursday, February 18, 2016

Red Cross Training

More than 40 residents from Northern Colorado will spend the weekend of March 11-13 training with the American Red Cross so that they can be there for their neighbors when disasters large and small strike in our community.

“With our history of wildfires and floods it is vital that we have a strong, well-trained volunteer force in place in our communities before disaster strikes.” said Melissa Venable, Executive Director of the American Red Cross in Northern Colorado. “Our upcoming Academy is a great chance to get trained in the Red Cross model to be ready to help when disasters strike. In one weekend you can learn much of what is needed to be able to; work in an evacuation shelter, respond to a local home fire, coordinate relief supplies, and much more.”

A three-day Disaster Academy is being hosted at Timberline Church and the local Red Cross office in Fort Collins from Friday, March 11 to Sunday, March 13. The academy provides a range of essential training for volunteers to serve with the Red Cross during disasters. If you have ever wanted to get involved in any of the following activities, now is your chance to volunteer:     
In an evacuation shelter (shelter staff and licensed health staff) – Friday, Saturday
Interacting with government partners – Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Behind the scenes to ensure disaster supplies and resources (logistics) - Saturday
Responding to local disasters – Friday, Saturday
Management and Supervision – Friday, Saturday
For details on class times and to get registered please contact Melody at

Although prior experience is not required for all positions, the Red Cross is seeking licensed health and mental health volunteers as well as volunteers with experience in public relations and communications.

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission.

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