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Houlton hosts disaster training for new volunteers

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A strong volunteer base ensures we can provide local assistance to victims of disasters.

People interested in becoming disaster volunteers for the American Red Cross can attend a free training that will take them from zero Red Cross experience to trained disaster services volunteer in just two days.

The Zero2 Hero program provides the training necessary to become:
• Client casework volunteers - meet with disaster victims, assess their needs, and help them begin the recovery process.
• Shelter volunteers – work at a shelter in the event of a large scale disaster, such as an ice storm or flood
• Disaster Mental Health volunteers – provide emotional support during times of disaster and crisis. Requirement: must currently hold a license to practice as a mental health professional
• Health Services volunteer – assess victim’s health and ensure they have appropriate care, assist with medication and medical hardware replacements.

“Well over 90 percent of our disaster responders are volunteers,” says Danielle Hardre, Disaster Program Manager for the Greater Bangor and Aroostook regions. “A strong volunteer base ensures we can provide local assistance to victims of fires and other disasters.”

Participants in the training will also complete all necessary paperwork to become an active volunteer of the Red Cross.

Details:
Houlton Regional Hospital
October 17: 6 - 9:30 p.m. (Snacks Provided)
October 18: 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. (Lunch Provided)

Sign up here, or for more information, contact Danielle Hardre, danielle.hardre@redcross.org or 207-941-2903, x405.