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American Red Cross Offers Emergency Disaster Volunteer Training

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Volunteers are the strength of any community especially during times of emergency and disaster.

Media Contact: Amanda Aldrich 419.276.8498

The American Red Cross of Northwest Ohio is providing disaster volunteer training sessions for all interested community members on Thursday, August 7. The sessions will take place from 1 - 4:30 p.m. and again from 6 – 9:30 p.m. at UAW Local 12 located at 2300 Ashland Ave, Toledo, OH 43620.

Many community members were concerned during the recent water ban and offered to help the Red Cross distribute water to homebound residents. The Red Cross, along with various community partners including Area Office on Aging and United Way of Greater Toledo, distributed 80,664 bottles of water to approximately 2,000 residents in need. These community leaders are joining together to ensure the community has a volunteer workforce prepared to respond to future disasters or emergencies.

The informational overview session teaches participants about a variety of topics include: types of disasters, feeding to large numbers of people, distributing bulk items, and setting up emergency shelters. After the session, interested participants can register as Red Cross volunteers by completing an application, background check, and taking additional training.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for people to sign up to join our team,” said Diane Dixon, volunteer director of the American Red Cross Northwest Ohio Region. “By taking the training now, they can learn the skills and knowledge to help their neighbors in the future should a fire, flood, or tornado strike.”

"The volunteers who checked on homebound older adults to meet their needs during the water crisis and delivered water to them meant a lot to the Area Office on Aging and those we serve,” said Billie Johnson, president and CEO of the Area Office on Aging of Northwestern Ohio. “Knowing that a volunteer is there for them and cares for them provided them with immeasurable peace of mind during the water crisis."

“Volunteers are the strength of any community especially during times of emergency and disaster.” said Karen Mathison, president and CEO of the United Way of Greater Toledo, “I invite all interested volunteers to sign up for this valuable Red Cross training to make sure we are even more prepared when disaster strikes again.”

To sign up for the event, people can visit Enrollment is limited to 200 participants per session.

People who are unable to attend the training can learn how to become a Red Cross volunteer by visiting or contacting their local Red Cross office.

All Red Cross disaster relief is provided free of charge, thanks to the generosity of the American people. You can help people affected by disasters like tornadoes, floods and other crises by making a donation to the American Red Cross. You can donate by visiting, calling 1-800-RED CROSS, or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Your donation helps provide food, shelter and emotional support to those affected by disasters.

About the American Red Cross: The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit like us on Facebook at American Red Cross of Northwest Ohio, or follow us on Twitter at @redcrossnwo.