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Training Also Available To The General Public
SAN JOSE, CA – January 14, 2019 — Rotary District 5170 announced today that Rotary Club members around the Bay Area will join American Red Cross in an emergency preparedness training boot camp.
To kick-off this collaboration, representatives of the two organizations are hosting a free, informative and hands-on training program “Ready When The Time Comes” and certificate.
In recent years, we have all seen a number of large-scale disasters strike, both nationally and in our own backyard. Hurricanes have devastated parts of Texas, Louisiana, Florida, the Carolinas, and Puerto Rico. Closer to home, wildfires have leveled entire communities. In the recent Camp Fire alone, 85 people died and more than 18,000 structures were destroyed in and around the town of Paradise.
Supported by an amazing corps of volunteers, the American Red Cross has responded in force to each one of these disasters — and to many more that you haven't heard of.
“Volunteers are the true heart and soul of the Red Cross. With endless compassion and dedication, Red Cross volunteers give of themselves as they respond to disasters both in their community and around the country. They help members of the military and our veterans. They teach lifesaving skills such as First Aid and CPR. They give blood, serve on our leadership boards and do so much more,” said Ken Toren, American Red Cross Silicon Valley Chapter CEO. “Rotarians are always looking for ways to help. This is a great fit. We appreciate their commitment to give their time to help their neighbors and communities,” he added.
“The value of service is something that is also well understood by members of Rotary International, “ said Ramesh Hariharan, District Governor Elect 2019-20, Rotary District 5170. “That's why a new partnership is emerging between Rotary and the American Red Cross,” he added.
Sunday, January 20, 2019
9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Lunch and refreshments provided)
2731 N. First Street, San Jose, CA
To sign up for the training session, please go to this web page: tinyurl.com/ARCRotaryBootCamp
After you sign up, you will receive an invitation to register in the Red Cross's Volunteer Connection system. We will also send you training videos that it would be helpful if you could view prior to the Boot Camp. Please extend this invitation to others.
Boot Camp schedule
- Rotary Overview
- Red Cross Overview
- Sound the Alarm – free smoke alarm installation and fire safety education and preparedness
- Missing Maps–a collaborative project to map areas using satellite imagery to help humanitarian organizations meet the needs of vulnerable people around the world
- Blood Drives
- Hands-only CPR
- Tour a new Emergency Response Vehicle (ERV)
- Volunteering during a disaster (shelters, response, etc.)
After completion of this Boot Camp, you will receive a special “Ready When the Time Comes” certificate from the American Red Cross.
For more information, Contact American Red Cross representative, Camilla Boolootian at (831) 421-1146 or a Rotary representative, contact Tina Orsi-Hartigan at (408) 768-9346.
About Rotary District 5170: Rotary District 5170, 54 clubs with 4,000 members is part of the Rotary International global network of volunteer leaders dedicated to tackling the world’s most pressing humanitarian challenges. Rotary International connects 1.2 million members of more than 34,000 Rotary clubs in over 200 countries and geographical areas. Their work impacts lives at both the local and international levels, from helping families in need in their own communities to working toward a polio- free world. For more information, visit Rotary District 5170 at www.rotarydistrict5170.org or call us at the District Office number (408) 273-4577. You may also find us on Facebook and Twitter.
About the American Red Cross of the Silicon Valley: 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. The American Red Cross of the Silicon Valley serves the residents of Santa Clara County. For more information on disaster preparedness, health and safety classes, volunteer opportunities, and financial contributions, visit our website at redcross.org/siliconvalley or call us at 877-727-6771. You may also find us on Facebook and Twitter.