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Red Cross Hosting Disaster Responder Bootcamp

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We are able to quickly respond to help families because of our volunteers

When a hurricane hits, the American Red Cross responds, providing food and shelter to those who have lost everything. Now, the Red Cross is looking for people who want to be trained to quickly take action to help the Lowcountry should a hurricane or other disaster strike. 

During the one-day Disaster Responder Bootcamp, volunteers will learn the essentials of responding to a disaster. In just eight hours, participants will become qualified to feed and shelter their friends and neighbors. In addition to classroom instruction, the boot camp features interactive case studies, with volunteers learning how to help individuals, families and communities to prepare for, respond to and recover from disasters.

“We are able to quickly respond to help families when a disaster strikes because of the power of our everyday heroes—our volunteers." said Louise Welch Williams, regional CEO for the American Red Cross in South Carolina. “During the South Carolina Floods our volunteers opened more than 30 shelters, providing families evacuated form the rising floodwaters with a safe, dry place to stay and hot meals.”

After completing the Disaster Responder Bootcamp, participants will be qualified to assist with a local disaster. Plus, this is the first step to becoming eligible to deploy to large disasters across the country. In the past year, Lowcountry volunteers traveled to West Virginia, Texas, Louisiana, California, and Canada to help families affected by floods, wildfires, and tornados.    

Disaster Responder Bootcamp:

Saturday, August 20, 2016

9:00AM - 5:00PM

2424 City Hall Lane, North Charleston, SC 29406

Due to the limited number of spots available for the Disaster Responder Bootcamp, pre-registration is required. Contact Lisa Wills at 843-480-4225 or lisa.wills@redcross.org with questions and to register.

Volunteers make up more than 90 percent of the Red Cross workforce. These volunteers represent a variety of backgrounds and receive free training. Volunteers with the Red Cross can set flexible schedules in volunteer positions that appeal to their specific skills or interests. To learn more about volunteering, visit redcross.org/southcarolina.  

HELPING YOUR COMMUNITY Last year the American Red Cross of Lowcountry SC provided food, shelter, comfort, and hope to nearly 1,200 people who suffered home fires. They trained more than 9,000 people in lifesaving skills and briefed nearly 17,000 members of the military and their families. Volunteers across South Carolina hosted more than 2,000 blood drives and gave over 105,000 blood and platelet donations.

 About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation's blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; 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 mission. For more information, please visit www.redcross.org/sc or @RedCrossSC