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Volunteer Disaster Responders Needed to Serve the Capital Region

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"The American Red Cross relies on the power of volunteers to be able to respond to disasters"

The American Red Cross relies on the power of volunteers to be able to respond to disasters 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, across a 24-county service area. In the Eastern New York Region, the Red Cross responds to nearly 500 home fires and other disasters each year. This weekend alone, Red Cross volunteers responded to two fires in Troy and another in Schenectady, providing help and hope to a total of 40 Capital Region residents in two days. Additional volunteers are needed – particularly in the Capital Region – to ensure that the Red Cross can continue to provide disaster relief whenever and wherever they may be called.

To that end, the American Red Cross of Northeastern New York will hold its first-ever Disaster Responder Boot Camp on August 15 and 16 in Albany, NY:

American Red Cross Disaster Responder Boot Camp
Saturday, August 15 – 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.
Sunday, August 16 – 1:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M.
American Red Cross of Northeastern New York
33 Everett Road, Albany, NY 12205

During the two-day session, new volunteers will go through the on-boarding, orientation, and training required to serve on a Red Cross Disaster Action Team. Disaster Action Team members cover on-call shifts to provide assistance such as temporary shelter, food, clothing and emotional support to victims of local home fires and other emergencies. They are also trained to open shelters and provide canteen services during large-scale disasters. All boot camp participants will become registered Red Cross volunteers and will be able to respond to disasters immediately upon completion of the two-day training.

To join a Disaster Action Team, volunteers must be at least 16 years old with a cell phone, email address, driver’s license, reliable transportation and the desire to help their neighbors when they need it most. No experience is necessary, but those who have familiarity with emergency services or fire scenes are especially encouraged to join. All training, including the two-day Disaster Responder Boot Camp, is provided free of charge.

To register for Disaster Responder Boot Camp on August 15 and 16 in Albany, please contact Lauren Whitman at (518) 694-5103 or email lauren.whitman@redcross.org

If you are interested in joining a Disaster Action Team but are unable to participate in the upcoming boot camp, click here to begin an online volunteer application. When prompted, enter your home zip code and choose “Disaster Services” as your area of interest. Select the "Disaster Action Team Recruit" position for your home county, and click through the remaining steps to get started.