TUPELO, Miss., Nov. 3, 2014—The American Red Cross of North Mississippi is hosting a Disaster Action Team (DAT) Camp on Saturday, Nov. 15 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Corinth City Hall located at 300 Childs Street, Corinth, Miss. The Camp is free and open to the public.
Nicholas Garbacz, Red Cross Disaster Program Manager for North Mississippi says disaster volunteers are urgently needed at this time.
“We are responding to two to three home fires a week in Alcorn, Tishomingo and Prentiss counties and with extended colder temperatures, we expect to continue to be busy.”
Currently, volunteers must travel from other communities sometimes as far as one to two hours away to be able to serve those who have been affected by a home fire near Corinth.
“With trained local volunteers, our teams can be on scene faster and reach those individuals and families when they need us most,” said Garbacz.
DAT Camp is perfect for current Red Cross volunteers who want a disaster services training refresher and new volunteers who would like to be prepared and ready to help in their communities when a home fire or other disaster strikes.
On-call DAT volunteers travel together to the disaster sites, assess the scope of the disaster and if necessary, work with those affected to identify and meet the immediate needs of the displaced individuals and families.
DAT Camp sessions include Disaster Services: An Overview; Disaster Action Team and Disaster Assessment Fundamentals; Client Casework; and Accessing Volunteer Connection.
For additional information about this training, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The American Red Cross Mississippi Region shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters, supports the supply of 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 redcross.org/mississippi, like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @RedCrossMiss.