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American Red Cross Offers Disaster Service Overview

Red Cross Emergency Response Vehicle providing relief after Superstorm Sandy.
The course engages participants through video and interactive activities.

The American Red Cross of Northern New York will host a 3 ½-hour course called “Disaster Service: An Overview” at 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 23, in the Community Room in the Potsdam Civic Center, 2 Park Street, Potsdam.

The purpose of the course is to provide information about how the participants can help their community prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies and disasters. Participants will also learn about volunteer opportunities with the Red Cross.

The July 23 course is divided into two modules: The first module introduces general Red Cross disaster preparedness and response practices, and the second module focuses on the specific disaster services provided by the Red Cross of Central New York.

The course engages participants through video and interactive activities. Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:
• Explain how disasters affect people and communities.
• Describe how the community and Red Cross work together in disaster preparedness and response.
• Describe the services the Red Cross provides to people affected by disaster and the principles that guide Red Cross workers in disaster relief situations.
• Identify resources for personal preparedness.
• Determine how to help their community prepare and respond to disasters.
• Identify the next steps to becoming a volunteer.

There are no prerequisites for this course. However, volunteers who have taken the “Introduction to Disaster Services, Fulfilling Our Mission – Translating your Compassion into Community Actions” and “Mass Care Overview” courses are not required to attend this course.

All disaster training courses are free.

Space is limited and advanced registration is required. To register, contact Program Coordinator Tracey Slate at (315) 782-4410 or