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Watertown Training for New Disaster Volunteers

Even though Hurricane Matthew has blown out to sea, the storm has left widespread damage in its wake and is still causing flooding in several states. The American Red Cross is responding and has mobilized a major sheltering effort across North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Florida. More than 4,100 Red Cross disaster workers have been involved in supporting relief efforts, and more will be needed as the response continues in the days and weeks ahead. 

Already, nearly 50 Red Cross volunteers from the Eastern New York Region have been deployed to help respond to Hurricane Matthew. In an effort to provide further support from the region, the Red Cross will hold a one-day workshop on Monday, October 17, in Watertown to train prospective volunteers for deployment. The training will focus primarily on sheltering, which includes more than just providing a facility; participants will learn how to assist people affected by disaster in a safe space where a variety of needs can be met.

The one-day workshop will be held from 8:30 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. on Monday, October 17 at the American Red Cross North Country Chapter, located at 203 N. Hamilton Street in Watertown. Interested participants may register online, or contact Brian Vance at (315) 679-6438 or for more information. Volunteers must be willing and able to deploy for a minimum of 10 days after completing the training. The Red Cross will cover all training and travel costs for individuals who are deployed.

People who are unable to deploy as disaster volunteers but still want to help can do so by making a financial donation. The Red Cross depends on donations to provide immediate relief. Help people affected by Hurricane Matthew by visiting, calling 1-800-RED CROSS or texting the word MATTHEW to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Donations enable the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from this disaster.