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American Red Cross - Franklin to conduct free disaster training in April

Want to get more involved and give back to your community, but you don’t know where to start? Good news: the American Red Cross is conducting free disaster training in Franklin during the month of April.

Trained Disaster Action Team (DAT) volunteers are critical to American Red Cross local disaster response. “Thanks to our dedicated volunteers, we are able to provide immediate assistance to families affected by home fires, floods, tornadoes, ice storms and other disasters throughout the year,” said Heather Starr-Haller, Disaster Specialist. “But we need to increase our volunteer base in Johnson, Shelby and Morgan counties so that we can continue to respond effectively to disasters of all sizes and help people get back on their feet as soon as possible. Plus, the Red Cross is a great way for people to reach out to their neighbors in need.”

Volunteers need to complete four required courses over six evenings and attend a team orientation. All the training will be held at the American Red Cross Johnson County Service Center, 3500 N. Morton St, Franklin, IN 46131 (use back door of building). The team orientation will be held at the Indianapolis Region headquarters of the American Red Cross, 441 E. 10th St., Indianapolis 46202.

Tuesday, April 2, 6:00 – 9:30 p.m. Disaster Services: An Overview

Tuesday April 9, 6:00 – 10:00 p.m. Client Casework: Providing Emergency Assistance I

Thursday, April 11, 6:00 – 10:00 p.m. Client Casework: Providing Emergency Assistance II

Monday, April 15, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. Shelter Operations

Tuesday, April 16, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. Shelter Simulation

Thursday, April 18, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. Disaster Assessment Basics

Tuesday, April 23, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. Disaster Action Team Orientation

There is no charge for the training, but registration is required. To register or for more information, contact Teresa Cummings in emergency services at 888-684-1441, extension 327 or