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Register Now For Northern CO Disaster Volunteer Academy

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Get trained to respond to local disasters, all in one weekend.

More than 40 residents from Northern Colorado will spend the weekend of March 11-13 training with the American Red Cross so that they can be there for their neighbors when disasters large and small strike in our community.

“With our history of wildfires and floods, it is vital that we have a strong, well-trained volunteer force in place in our communities before disaster strikes,” said Melissa Venable, Executive Director of the American Red Cross of 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!”

The three-day Disaster Academy is being hosted at Timberline Church and the local Red Cross office in Fort Collins from Friday, March 11, to Sunday, March 13th. 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 government partners – Friday, Saturday, Sunday
  • Behind the scenes to ensure disaster supplies and resources (logistics) - Saturday
  • Responding to local disasters – Friday, Saturday
  • Management and Supervision – Friday, Saturday
  • For details on class times and to register,  please contact

    WHAT: Disaster Training Academy

    WHEN: Friday, March 11 to Sunday, March 13

    WHERE: Timberline Church and American Red Cross

    COST: Free


    MEALS: Lunch is provided, Volunteer Dinner on Friday

    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.