March 1, 2014 --- As part of National Red Cross Month, the Texas Panhandle Chapter of the American Red Cross will kickoff a series of training events across the Panhandle in an effort to help communities prepare for and better respond to potential disasters.
“We want to be more of a resource for all the communities we serve,” said Steve Pair, executive director.
The Panhandle Chapter will hold a combination of new volunteer orientation, disaster services orientation and sheltering fundamentals in the following cities:
March 15: Friona, Friona City Hall
April 12: Vega, Location TBD
May 17: Dumas, Dumas High School
"Both of these classes are a great way to learn more about the Red Cross and the ways we serve our community,” Pair said. “They will also be very useful should the community need to provide a safe place for people to come after a major disaster, such as a tornado.
New volunteer orientation will take participants through the history and future of the American Red Cross and the sheltering course will equip new volunteers to help families who find themselves in the care of the American Red Cross. Volunteers should allow a total of six hours for the trainings.
For more information or to sign up for the classes, call the chapter office at 806.376.6309 or visit www.redcross.org/texaspanhandle.
About the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies 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 or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.