American Red Cross Seeks Shelter and Disaster Volunteers

Local Disaster Shelter Initiative Training
Events like the tornado in Revere highlight the need for us to be prepared for severe weather or other emergencies.

The American Red Cross Rhode Island Chapter is seeking shelter volunteers in Westerly and surrounding communities to help in the event local shelters are needed in times of emergency or disaster and to help local families affected by fires. The Red Cross will host an informational meeting on Wednesday, August 6, at 6:00PM, at the Westerly Police Headquarters at 60 Airport Road in Westerly for anyone wishing to learn more about these volunteer opportunities.

“Events like the tornado in Revere highlight the need for us to be prepared for severe weather or other emergencies,” said Red Cross Emergency Services Senior Director Elizabeth McDonald.

McDonald said Shelter Associates and Disaster Action Team members provide care and support to their neighbors in the event of a disaster. She added that current volunteers would be at the meeting to help answer questions. “The work is important, but the skills are easily learned and we are ready to train you.”

McDonald said there are many volunteer roles available to anyone interested in helping neighbors. “Since 1916, the Rhode Island Chapter of the American Red Cross has been helping communities prepare for and respond to disasters. I look forward to meeting area residents who will help us continue this great tradition.”

The Red Cross informational meeting on Shelter Associate volunteering will be held at the Westerly Police Headquarters, 60 Airport Road, Westerly, on August 6, 2014 at 6:00PM. Interested people will have the opportunity to learn more about the volunteer needs of the Chapter and to meet current volunteers. Attendance is open to anyone aged 16 or older. For more information, call the Chapter at (401) 831-7701, extension 105.

About the American Red Cross Rhode Island Chapter:

The first Red Cross office in Rhode Island opened on Bellevue Avenue in Newport in 1916, where volunteers played a vital role preparing bandages for area hospitals. Today, the chapter serves all 39 cities and towns in Rhode Island, as well as Seekonk, Massachusetts. With a small staff, we rely on a corps of dedicated volunteers to achieve our mission of alleviating human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors. In addition to disaster relief, the Red Cross offers disaster preparedness education; community and workplace health and safety training; and service to the Armed Forces. For more information, visit www.redcross.org/ri or visit us on Twitter @RIRedCross.