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Red Cross to offer disaster volunteer courses in Feb.

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American Red Cross locations throughout the area are recruiting new volunteers to join the Disaster Action Team and assist clients locally.

Natural disasters, such as winter storms, floods, and home fires, increase the organization's need for trained and prepared volunteers. DAT volunteers are a vital piece of Red Cross response, providing compassion, care, and assistance to families in times of emergency.

Red Cross is seeking interested volunteers to participate in an intensive training session. Participants must be at least 18 years old.

Participants will receive an orientation regarding the services provided by American Red Cross and how to:

  • Prevent, prepare for, and respond to emergencies
  • Set up and run a shelter during a disaster
  • Complete necessary paperwork during a disaster
  • Conduct client interviews
  • Provide appropriate assistance to help meet the person's needs both during and following the disaster

Classes will be held simultaneously at:

  • American Red Cross of Allen County located at 610 S. Collett St. in Lima, OH
  • American Red Cross of Hancock County located at 125 Fair St. in Findlay, OH
  • American Red Cross of Northwest Ohio located at 3100 W. Central Ave. in Toledo, OH

The class schedule is as follows:

  • Disaster Services: An Overview - Feb. 1 from 6 - 9 p.m.
  • Shelter Operations and Simulation - Feb. 2 from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Disaster Assessment Basics - Feb. 3 from 1 - 4 p.m.
  • Client Casework - Feb. 9 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

To sign up for a class, contact your local Red Cross chapter prior to Jan. 30.

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