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Shelter Fundaments Course to Be Held in Rutland

Teen girl in a Red Cross Shelter
This simply cannot be accomplished without the active participation of an engaged community.

On Wednesday, January 15th from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. , an American Red Cross Shelter Fundamentals course will be taught at our Rutland office at 117 Strongs Avenue, Rutland.  All are welcome and the class is free.

Shelter Fundamentals is a basic level course that introduces the guidelines and procedures for opening, operating and closing a shelter during a disaster.  Class participants will work on a case study that takes them through the four key phases of the sheltering cycle.  The training is four hours and is provided by the Red Cross and, as noted, is without cost to participants.

So, why are we asking you to consider this training?  Should an evacuation be ordered as a result of an event at the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant, the Vermont & the New Hampshire Upper Valley American Red Cross must be prepared to shelter approximately 6,000 people.  This will involve up to 25 shelters and approximately 2,000 trained volunteers.  This simply cannot be accomplished without the active involvement of engaged individuals, civic organizations and faith-based groups.

Want to attend?  Have questions?  Contact Elizabeth Wareing at 802-660-9130, ext. 119 or