Red Cross Offers Disaster Training for Hurricane Season in SC

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As hurricane season approaches, the need for trained Red Cross volunteers to respond to local and national disasters will increase

The American Red Cross invites the community to attend a free New Volunteer Orientation as the organization prepares for 2013 Atlantic hurricane season, which begins June 1 and ends November 30.

The Red Cross will hold the following New Volunteer Orientations:

• 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 21, Wednesday, June 5 and Monday June 17 at the American Red Cross located at 59 Sheridan Park Circle in Bluffton.

• 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. on Monday, June 3 at Beaufort City Hall located at 1911 Boundary Street in Beaufort.

“As hurricane season approaches, the need for trained Red Cross volunteers to respond to local and national disasters will increase,” said Louise Welch Williams, regional chief executive officer, American Red Cross, Palmetto SC Region. “Because of ongoing disaster training, Red Cross volunteers are always fully prepared and ready to provide immediate relief to people affected by disasters.”

In the event of a large-scale disaster, the Red Cross needs additional trained disaster volunteers to be prepared to open over 60 identified shelters in the seven-county area of the Lowcountry.

To register for any of these Red Cross orientations, please visit redcross.org/carolinalowcountry and click on volunteer, email Nancy.Olson@redcross.org or call (843) 764-2323 x 321. Pre-registration is required.

If your school, business or community organization is interested in a Community Disaster Education presentation, please email Carl.Statham@redcross.org or call (843) 757-7437.

On average the American Red Cross, Palmetto SC Region responds to a disaster every 6.5 hours. Since the beginning of the fiscal year, July 1, 2012, the Palmetto SC Region has responded to the needs of 1,478 families and 4,815 individuals affected by disasters.

The Palmetto SC Region is made up of seven Red Cross Chapters that span 35-counties of South Carolina.

You can help your neighbors recover from disasters by making a financial contribution to the American Red Cross today by visiting Redcross.org/donations or by calling 1-800-RED-CROSS. Donations may also be mailed to your local Red Cross chapter.

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 Redcross.org