Disaster Training College - Hancock County

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The American Red Cross of Hancock, Seneca and Wyandot Counties, is holding a second semester of “college” for new Disaster Action Team (DAT) volunteers. “A trained, prepared, and ready-to-help team of volunteers is one of the most valuable resources a community can rely on when disaster strikes,” said Todd James, Executive Director. “Volunteers are vital to the Red Cross work of providing food, shelter, clothing and emotional support to those affected by disaster.”

In the ongoing effort to build upon the strong team of volunteers called upon to respond to disasters here at home and across the country each year, the Red Cross will hold a “DAT College” on March 15-16 for new volunteers in Hancock, Seneca and Wyandot counties. James says the classes to be taught include Disaster Services: An Overview on Friday, March 15, 6 – 9 p.m.; Shelter Operations and Shelter Simulation on Saturday, March 16, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Classes will be held at the Hancock County Red Cross office at 125 Fair St. in Findlay. “These are the basic classes that all disaster workforce volunteers need and by teaching them all in one weekend we can let the new team members get out in the field right away. The first Disaster College was held early in February and received such a good response that we are offering a second session to accommodate demand.” says James.

Anyone 18 years or older interested in volunteering should contact their local Red Cross office before March 13. In Hancock County, contact Ron Rooker at (419) 422-9322 ext.7 or ronald.rooker@redcross.org. Fostoria and Seneca County residents should contact David Conley at 419-447-1424 or david.conley@redcross.org and in Wyandot County contact Cheryl Wolfe at 419-294-1935 or cheryl.wolfe@redcross.org.

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation's blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit www.redcross.org/hancock, join our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/hancockcountyredcross and follow us on Twitter @HancockRedCross.

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