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Southeastern Colorado Disaster Training Academy

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The American Red Cross of Southeastern Colorado will host a disaster training academy March 4 through March 6 at the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. The training academy will help volunteers to be better prepared and better able to respond to disasters in our community and in Colorado.

The Disaster Training Academy is an all-in-one training opportunity for new and veteran volunteers. If you are not a Red Cross volunteer you can still attend. Volunteer applications will be taken at the academy. “Now is the time to get involved!” said Sally Broomfield, disaster program manager for the Red Cross of Southeastern Colorado. “Becoming a Red Cross volunteer can change your life, in a good way.”

For details on class times and to register please contact Larry Cornett by email to  larry.cornett@redcross.org or by calling the Southeastern Colorado Chapter at 719-785-2700.

WHO: Open to the public but advanced registration is required

WHAT: Disaster Training Academy

WHEN: March 4 through March 6, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

WHERE: U.S. Olympic Training Center

               1750 E. Broadway St.

               Colorado Springs, CO 

COST: Free 

REGISTER: larry.cornett@redcross.org  

MEALS: Lunch is provided.

You do not have to be a registered Red Cross volunteer to attend. The academy provides a range of essential trainings for volunteers to serve with the Red Cross during disaster and non-disaster events.  This is an excellent opportunity for people to learn about the Red Cross mission, values and principles. If you have ever wanted to get involved in any of the following activities, now is your chance.

· Sheltering people affected by disaster (shelter staff and licensed health staff). 

· Interacting with the media in a disaster (spokespersons, photographers, writers). 

· Helping a family recover from a home fire.

· Managing and Leading volunteers. 

· Teaching disaster preparedness to adults and children.

· Using your career skills to help before, during and after a disaster.

· Working with local, state and federal agencies during disasters.