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Celebrate National Preparedness Month

September is National Preparedness Month, a time for households and business to get ready for the next emergency or disaster. The American Red Cross would also like to encourage you to take it a step further by training to become a Red Cross disaster volunteer.

Trained Red Cross disaster volunteers, also known as Disaster Action Team (DAT) members, are critical to local disaster response. They offer immediate assistance to families affected by home fires, floods, ice storms and other disasters throughout the year, providing food, clothing, shelter, and other support.

Interested? Here are the details:

  • Training is free.
  • Three of the six required courses are available in the classroom or online.
  • Classroom training location: The Main Street Church of God, 4211 Main Street, Anderson, Indiana has graciously offered their facility to the Red Cross to conduct the trainings.
  • Courses (and dates for classroom trainings)

  • Disaster Services: An Overview (also online) – Tues., Sept. 3, 6:00 – 9:30 pm
  • Client Casework: Providing Emergency Assistance 1 – Tues., Sept. 10, 6:00 – 10:00 pm
  • Client Casework: Providing Emergency Assistance 2 – Thurs., Sept. 12, 6:00 – 10:00 pm
  • Shelter Fundamentals (also online) – Mon., Sept. 16, 6:00 – 10:00 pm
  • Disaster Assessment Basics (Disaster Assessment Fundamentals online) – Thurs., Sept. 19, 6:00 – 9:00 pm
  • Disaster Action Team Fundamentals (online only)
  • Disaster Action Team Induction Tues., Sept. 24, 6:00 – 9:00 pm
  • While there is no charge for the training, registration is required. To register or for more information, contact Teresa Cummings in emergency services at 888-684-1441, extension 327 or

    About the American Red Cross:

    The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.