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Call for disaster volunteers in southwest Minnesota

Fire Safety
Red Cross volunteers serve an important role in helping people recover from disaster.

The American Red Cross serving Southwest Minnesota is looking for additional volunteers to help families after disasters, such as home fires. To bolster their ranks, the Red Cross is offering a one-day “Fast Track” training on Saturday, May 6, 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

"We cannot emphasize enough the significance of having qualified, trained Disaster Action Team volunteers in the community who are able to respond to home fires effectively," says Joe Reinemann, a Red Cross volunteer instructor based in southern Minnesota.

The training will offer multiple classes to prepare disaster relief volunteers for helping people. The classes will instruct volunteers on the types of assistance the Red Cross provides, how assistance is provided, and managing the related information and paperwork efficiently.

Commenting on the continued commitment and service of Red Cross volunteers, Jeff Bengston, Mankato Public Safety Deputy Director and Red Cross board member says, “Red Cross Disaster Action Team members are very helpful to local responders and serve an important role in peoples’ recovery from disaster."

Training Details

Saturday, May 6, 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Disaster Services Overview, Simulation and Onboarding
American Red Cross Serving Southwest Minnesota chapter office
105 Homestead Road
Mankato, MN 56001

Meet other volunteers and have fun training to be part of the Red Cross Disaster Action Team.  Help your community by bringing healing and hope after homes fires. Lunch will be provided. For more information and to register, contact Vicki Snyder, (507) 287-2200 x 1401 

About the American Red Cross 

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and counsels victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood supply; teaches lifesaving skills; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its humanitarian mission. The American Red Cross serving Southwest Minnesota serves more than 360,000 people in Blue Earth, Brown, Cottonwood, Faribault, Jackson, Lincoln, Lyon, McLeod, Martin, Murray, Nicollet, Nobles, Pipestone, Redwood, Renville, Rock, Sibley, Watonwan and Yellow Medicine counties. For more information, please visit Like us on Facebook: American Red Cross serving Southwest Minnesota.