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Become a Western Kansas Disaster Volunteer Today

Disaster Training
Become a Western Kansas Disaster Volunteer Today

For more than 130 years, the American Red Cross has been helping people down the street, across the country and around the world. You can help by training to become a disaster volunteer that responds to local and national disasters. Training is free and is designed to give you skill to help on the home front.

Available classes include:

Disaster Services: Overview - An instructor-led, basic level course that provides an introduction to Disaster Services at the American Red Cross. The course engages participants through integrated video and interactive activities. The purpose of the course is to provide information about ways participants can help their community prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies and disasters. Participants will learn about volunteer opportunities at their local Red Cross chapter.

Saturday, January 26, 2013, 9 a.m. to noon

Fundamentals of Disaster Assessment

A blended learning course consisting of two components: online and instructor-led. The purpose of this course is to introduce the critical role of Disaster Assessment, explore related preparedness tasks, and learn how to collect & communicate disaster assessment information, & become familiar with how disaster assessment information supports management & service decisions.* Call for information on how to register on the “American Red Cross Learning Center” for the on-line Component.

You must complete the online component before coming to the second component class. Second component: Saturday, February 16th, 2013, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Shelter Fundamentals

This class is an online course. The course introduces the guidelines and procedures for setting up, running and closing a shelter during a disaster. You will work through four of the six phases of the sheltering cycle: Opening, Organizing, Operating and Closing.

Call for information on how to register on the American Red Cross Learning Center for this class.

Shelter Simulation

Instructor-led simulation. The purpose of this training is to apply knowledge, skills and abilities required to operate a successful shelter. Prerequisite is to complete the Shelter Fundamentals online course.

Saturday, February 23, 2013, 9 a.m. to noon

Client Casework: Providing Emergency Assistance

You are trained how to conduct effective client interviews and provide appropriate assistance to help meet a client’s immediate disaster-caused or disaster-aggravated needs. The class consists of a series of short instructor and video presentations interleaved with class discussions, which focus on the skills, knowledge and attitudes required of a Red Cross caseworker.

Saturday, March 16, 2013, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

ERVs: Ready, Set, Roll

This course is designed to provide learners with the opportunity to learn about and use an Emergency Response Vehicle (ERV) and all related equipment. You’ll be prepared to operate an ERV & its equipment safely & effectively to meet feeding & other service needs of people affected by disaster.

REQUIRED: a Valid Driver’s license, Satisfactory DMV Report and Defensive Driving Course Certificate. Class will be held in Garden City. DATE TO BE ANNOUNCED.

Prerequisite for all classes: Disaster Services Overview

All disaster training is free. To register, please call our office at (620) 276-2762 or (620) 624-8411. You can also download this form, and mail it to:

Western Kansas American Red Cross

210 Fulton Terrace

Garden City, KS 67846