ANCHORAGE, July 11, 2019 — Across the nation, one in every 200 Americans is a Red Cross volunteer. Here in Alaska, volunteers strengthen communities, gain valuable experience and support their fellow Alaskans when they need it the most. In just the past two weeks, the Red Cross has established one overnight emergency shelter and three evacuation centers to support residents affected by wildfires in Fairbanks, Anchorage and the Matanuska-Susitna Valley.
“One thing that I have discovered about the volunteers at the Red Cross is that we all have the same heart,” said Rosita Wilburn-Bryant, Red Cross of Alaska spiritual care volunteer. “It’s that heart to help others, that heart to reach out and to do whatever it takes to get the job done, to go places that you never dreamed you could go, to do things you never thought you could do, and you do it to help other people.”
For those interested in becoming a shelter volunteer with the Red Cross of Alaska to assist residents following wildfires and other disasters, a free “Shelter Fundamentals” training session will be held in Anchorage on Tuesday, July 16 from 5:20 p.m. – 8:20 p.m. at the Red Cross Region Headquarters (235 E. 8th Ave., Suite 200, Anchorage, AK 99501). To attend this training session, please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Red Cross Emergency App can help keep you and your loved ones safe by putting vital information in your hands for more than 35 different severe weather and emergency alerts, including emergency shelter locations during a wildfire. Download the app by searching for ‘American Red Cross’ in your mobile phone app store, texting GETEMERGENCY to 90999, or by visiting redcross.org/apps
For wildfire preparedness information, download the Red Cross wildfire safety checklist to review with your family, or check out a full list of safety tips on what actions you can take before, during and after a fire has affected your area on the Red Cross of Alaska blog.
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About the American Red Cross of Alaska:
In FY18, the American Red Cross of Alaska offered food, shelter, comfort and hope to 892 Alaskans. We responded to 308 disasters. Our preparedness/Health and Safety teams installed 2,309 smoke alarms statewide and educated 1,722 youth through The Pillowcase Project. Additionally, our Service to the Armed Forces staff exchanged 1,161 emergency messages for U.S. military service personnel 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/Alaska or visit us on Twitter at @redcrossak.