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Red Cross
Mass Care Boot Camp for New Disaster Volunteers

(September 18, 2017) —This year's Hurricane season has packed a ferocious two-pronged punch with Harvey and Irma, and the season is long from over this year.  Meanwhile there are residents of both Florida and Texas that are still without power, without homes, without livelihood and will have many weeks, perhaps even months before them before life begins a semblance of normal again. For the American Red Cross, this means providing food and shelter for thousands of people forced to evacuate both states during the hurricanes, and then months of providing assistance as order is restored and lives are reassembled.  In the last three weeks, the Red Cross and community partners have provided more than 934,000 overnight stays in emergency shelters due to hurricanes. Shelters were opened in 8 states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.  The Red Cross has served more than 3 million meals and snacks to people in need.  More than 6,400 Red Cross disaster workers and almost 300 emergency response vehicles are on the ground right now, helping thousands of people affected by these storms.

But more volunteers are needed, both to deploy to affected areas and locally. While Red Cross volunteers are amazingly dedicated and devoted to helping others during these times of crisis, more help is always needed.  These two classes will ready both current and new volunteers in skills needed on disaster operations. 

Mass Care Boot Camp includes:

Disaster Cycle Services: An Overview,
Everyone is Welcome meeting the needs of those with disabilities or access needs),
Deployment Fundamentals
Mass Care Fundamentals.
Being offered in Troy ARC office, 1314 Barnhart Rd from 1:00-4:00   No pre-registration is needed.

Disaster Assessment Fundamentals includes:

Course introduces the tasks and responsibilities of Disaster Assessment responders on a disaster relief operation.
How Disaster Assessment Workers access and install the RC Collect app
How to use it to record detailed damage assessment data in the field:
Collect: Detailed Damage Assessment

Being offered in Troy ARC office, 1314 Barnhart Road from 9:00-1:00 No pre-registration is needed.

In addition to disaster volunteers, the Red Cross offers a wide variety of volunteer opportunities. To learn more about volunteering with the Red Cross, visit or you can attend a Volunteer Orientation Sept 19 from 12:15-12:45 (fitting just inside your lunch hour) the Troy Chapter office.

Training and all disaster-related services provided by the Red Cross are free. The Red Cross is not a governmental agency, though, so the costs to provide these services comes from donations provided by the generosity of the American public. Anyone wishing to make a donation to support families suffering as a result of disasters such as Hurricane Harvey are encouraged to do so. To make a gift, go to, call 1-800-REDCROSS or text REDCROSS to 90999.

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