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American Red Cross offers trainings for new disaster volunteers, Madison Co.

Mondays always get you down? The Red Cross has a way for you to look forward to Mondays for the next five weeks and learn how to help your neighbors in need.

The American Red Cross will offer free disaster volunteer training at the Parkview Nazarene Church, 911 S. Rangeline Rd., Anderson 46012 starting Monday, April 22 through Monday, May 20.

Trained Red Cross disaster volunteers, also known as Disaster Action Team (DAT) members, are critical to local disaster response. They offer immediate assistance to families affected by home fires, floods, ice storms and other disasters throughout the year, providing food, clothing, shelter, and other support.

Volunteers need to complete four required courses and attend a team orientation to be held at the Indianapolis Regional Headquarters, 441 E. 10th St., Indianapolis.

Monday, April 22, 6:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. - Disaster Services: An Overview

Monday, April 29, 6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. - Client Casework: Providing Emergency Assistance 1

Monday, May 6, 6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. - Client Casework: Providing Emergency Assistance 2

Monday, May 13, 6:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. - Shelter Fundamentals

Monday, May 20, 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. - Disaster Assessment Basics

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

About the American Red Cross:

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. For more information, please visit or join our blog at