Volunteers Needed for Disaster Response
Lamar, CO – Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2015 – The American Red Cross and Prowers County Department of Emergency Management will host the Shelter Fundamentals course in Lamar, Colorado December 17, 2015 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:p.m. The class will be held at the City of Lamar Cultural Events Center.
The Red Cross training is open to the public and volunteer registration and recruitment will be available at the same time.
What: Red Cross Shelter Fundamentals training
When: Thursday, December 17, 2015 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Where: City of Lamar Cultural Events Center, 102 E. Parmenter, Lamar, CO 81052
About the Shelter Fundamentals Training:
Should a disaster occur or an evacuation ordered in southeastern Colorado, the American Red Cross must be prepared to shelter people. Classic examples of shelter activations are events like the Holly Tornado of 2007 and the blizzards of 2006-07. The Shelter Fundamentals course teaches people about the guidelines and procedures for opening, operating and closing a shelter. Class participants will work on a case study that takes them through the four key phases of the sheltering cycle.
Red Cross seeking volunteers to help: In addition to the training, the Red Cross and Prowers County Emergency Management are looking for people to volunteer to become Red Cross volunteers and who are willing to be part of an emergency sheltering team.
“The goal is to have a team of local people who are trained to open and operate a shelter,” said Sally Broomfield, Disaster Program Manager for the Red Cross of Southeastern Colorado. “That way the shelter can be opened quickly and then supported by our other teams who are farther away.”
To sign up as a Red Cross volunteer go to www.redcross.org/colorado and click on Volunteer then click on CO Springs/SE CO and follow the instructions.
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