Red Cross DFW Hosts Hurricane Rally to Find New Volunteers

WHAT:

Even before Hurricane Season 2012 has officially started, two named storms have already formed, leading the American Red Cross to take extra measures to be prepared. The first-ever “Hurricane Rally” to recruit and train new volunteers is set to take place as a new hurricane season begins.

WHERE:

University of Texas at Arlington, Student Center

WHEN:

Saturday, June 2, 2012

9:00am—Rally Kick-Off (Rosebud Theater) 10:00a.m.—New Volunteer Training (Concho Room)

2:00p.m.—New Volunteer Training (Concho Room)

Admission is FREE and no reservations are required

WHY:

As the official evacuation site for the Houston/Galveston area, it’s critical that the American Red Cross in the Metroplex train new volunteer before they’re needed.

In 2008, the American Red Cross provided a safe place to stay for nearly 8,000 evacuees fleeing from Hurricanes Gustav and Ike. In 2005, nearly 30,000 people sought out the local Red Cross after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita devastated New Orleans and parts of South Texas.

Volunteers who are unable to attend the Hurricane Rally at UT Arlington on Saturday are encouraged to click on www.redcrossdallas.org and fill out a volunteer application.

OTHER:

On top of training new volunteers, some 200 pre-trained Red Cross volunteers will also be in attendance to brush up on their skills and work through plans to provide large-scale sheltering and feeding operations.