Four-Day Disaster Training Institute Starting Thursday
Sacramento, Calif., (Wednesday, June 1, 2016) – Starting tomorrow, more than 250 Red Cross volunteers from all across the state will be attending the Gold Country Region Disaster Training Institute.
The four-day training—sponsored by Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E)— is designed to motivate, energize, train, and prepare staff, volunteers and partners throughout California to help local communities effectively mitigate, safely respond to and quickly recover from disasters. More than 50 courses will be offered along with exercises that will build training participants capacity and confidence to continue to respond to any disasters, whether big or small, local, national or international.
“Our volunteer workforce is the most critical and valuable resource we have and the goal of this effort is to match their dedication with a training, communication and exercise program worthy of their commitment to serve,” said Gary Strong, CEO of the American Red Cross Gold Country Region.
Last year, the institute proved to be an effective tool before two of the most damaging wildfires in California history ravaged through Amador, Calaveras and Lake Counties. Now, as our neighbors in Texas battle historic flooding, we know that training volunteers as well as new volunteers is the best way to utilize human capital.
The 24-county Gold Country region has the support of more than 2,700 volunteers who help our communities prepare for, respond to and recover from disasters. This four-day training will give our veteran volunteers as well as new volunteers, the necessary tools to be effective during our response and provide help when it’s needed most.
PG&E and American Red Cross are both leading response organizations whose missions enhance the life, work, and well-being of Northern and Central California residents. For over forty years, the vibrant partnership has provided critical disaster preparedness and response programs to our customers.
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