Red Cross Hosts Disaster Volunteer Training Academy at Ft Collins

The floods were a powerful reminder of how vital it is that we have a strong, well-trained volunteer force in place in our communities.

More than 40 residents from Northern Colorado will spend the weekend of February 21-23 training with the American Red Cross so that they can be there for their neighbors when disasters large and small strike in our communities.

“The September flood was a powerful reminder of how vital it is that we have a strong, well-trained volunteer force in place in our communities before disaster strikes.” said Erin Mounsey, Executive Director of the American Red Cross in Northern Colorado. “Our upcoming Academy is a great chance to get trained in the Red Cross model to be ready to help when disasters strike. In one weekend you can learn much of what is needed to be able to; work in an evacuation shelter, respond to a local home fire, coordinate relief supplies, and much more!”

A three-day Disaster Academy is being hosted at Timberline Church and the local Red Cross office in Fort Collins. The academy provides a range of essential trainings for volunteers to serve with the Red Cross during disasters. If you have ever wanted to get involved in any of the following activities, now is your chance to volunteer:

• In an evacuation shelter (shelter staff and licensed health staff) – Friday, Saturday

• Interacting with the media in a disaster (spokespersons, photographers, writers) - Friday

• Behind the scenes to ensure disaster supplies and resources (logistics) - Saturday

• Helping prepare communities before disasters - Saturday

• Responding to local disasters - Saturday

• Management and Supervision - Sunday

For details on class times and to get registered please contact Abby at abby.eichorn@redcross.org

WHAT: Disaster Training Academy

WHEN: Friday, February 21 to Sunday, February 23

WHERE: Timberline Church and American Red Cross

COST: Free to dedicated volunteers

REGISTER: abby.eichorn@redcross.org

MEALS: Lunch is provided, Volunteer Dinner on Saturday

Although prior experience is not required for all positions, the Red Cross is seeking licensed health and mental health volunteers as well as volunteers with experience in public relations and communications.