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Red Cross Offers Disaster Services Overview Saturday

UTICA, N.Y. (Oct. 9, 2014) — The American Red Cross of the Mohawk Valley will host a Disaster Services Overview course for local residents who are interested in becoming disaster  volunteers from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 11, at the Red Cross office at 1415 Genesee St., Utica.
The purpose of the course is to provide information about how the participants can help their community prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies and disasters. Participants will also learn about disaster response volunteer opportunities with the Red Cross.

The course is divided into two modules: The first module introduces general Red Cross disaster preparedness and response practices, and the second module focuses on the specific disaster services provided by the American Red Cross of the Mohawk Valley.

The course engages participants through video and interactive activities. Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

Explain how disasters affect people and communities.

Describe how the community and Red Cross work together in disaster preparedness and response.

Describe the services the Red Cross provides to people affected by disaster and the principles that guide Red Cross workers in disaster relief situations.

Identify resources for personal preparedness.

Determine how to help their community prepare and respond to disasters.

Identify the next steps to becoming a volunteer.

All American Red Cross disaster training courses are free.

Space is limited and advanced registration is required. To register, contact Mike Schwartz, Disaster Program Manager, at (315) 733-4666 or

Disaster Services Overview • 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. • Oct. 11