WATERFORD, CONN., September 3, 2014 — During National Preparedness Month, the American Red Cross is offering special Disaster Boot Camps that will provide information and basic skills needed to become a registered Red Cross volunteer, supporting disaster response in Eastern Connecticut.
The Disaster Boot Camps will be offered in several locations and times during September:
· Windham Area Boot Camp: Saturday, September 13, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
· Waterford Area Boot Camp: Tuesday, September 16 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
· Killingly Area Boot Camp: Thursday, September 18 6:00 p.m. to10:00 p.m.
· Norwich Area Boot Camp: Wednesday, September 24 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Specific training locations will be provided when potential volunteers register online.
From major disasters like Superstorm Sandy or Tropical Storm Irene to residential house fires, the Red Cross responds to more than 500 incidents each year in Connecticut. Red Cross volunteers provide shelter, food, emotional support, health services and more during emergency responses. “Our workforce is more than 95% volunteer. We could not be there for our neighbors without the help of volunteers,” said American Red Cross Connecticut and Rhode Island Region CEO Mario Bruno.
The Boot Camps in September will provide an introduction to Red Cross disaster response and equip volunteers with basic skills to staff shelters and help with mass care tasks like food preparation and distribution. As volunteers become more involved with the Red Cross, there are opportunities to work in different areas and to take on increasing levels of responsibility. “We have opportunities for every age and ability,” Bruno said. “We hope to build our capacity with local volunteers ready to respond if needed,” Bruno said.
The Red Cross Disaster Boot Camps will be held throughout Eastern Connecticut during September. Registration is free of charge and online by clicking here. When registering, people will be able to select the location and time that is most convenient.