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Red Cross offers spring disaster training

Disasters can strike anyone, anytime, anywhere. Fires are t he most common cause of local disasters. A family of seven were awakened in the middle of the night when a fire erupted in their home. They managed to escape but lost everything except the pajamas they were wearing. A woman returned from work to find her apartment burned to the ground. She lost everything, including her pets. But flooding, frigid temperatures that overwhelm inadequate heating systems, homelessness and other disasters also occur in our neighborhoods. Sixty percent of all Americans are unprepared to deal with these disasters.You can help them cope by volunteering you time as a Red Cross disaster responder. Free training is available.The Red Cross has scheduled the following spring training sessions to be conducted at the Red Cross office at 83 West Bayard Street, Seneca Falls.Disaster Services: An Overview, 6 PM – 9 PMMonday, March 7.Purpose: To provide information about how disasters affect people and communities and how you can help your community prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies and disasters. Prerequisites: NoneShelter Operations 6 PM – 9 PM Wednesday, MARCH 9Purpose: To provide an overview of the activities performed by the Mass Care group in support of a disaster relief operation and to prepare Red Cross workers to manage shelter operations effectively and sensitively as a team while meeting the needs of people displaced by disaster. Prerequisites: NoneShelter Simulation, 6-9 PM, Monday, MARCH 14Purpose: Table-top simulation that provides participants with an opportunity to apply the knowledge, skills and abilities required to operate a successful shelter. Prerequisites: Mass Care/Shelter OperationsBulk Distribution Operations, 6 PM – 9 PM, Wednesday, MARCH 16Purpose: To prepare Red Cross Workers to set up, operate and support a Bulk Distribution Operation in the chapter and on a disaster relief operation. Prerequisites: Mass Care/Shelter OperationsFamily Services: Providing Emergency Assistance, 6 PM – 9 PM. Tuesday, MARCH 22 and Thursday, March 24.Purpose: To prepare Red Cross workers with casework skills through an interview process and to provide financial assistance and appropriate referrals. Prerequisites: Mass Care/Shelter Operations, Shelter SimulationDisaster Assessment Basics, 6 PM – 9 PM, Monday MARCH 28Purpose: To provide an overview of tasks performed in disaster assessment of a local incident or disaster relief operation.Prerequisites: NoneAll disaster training and materials are free to participants. To register for courses contact Cheryl Hoggard, Emergency Services Director, at 315-568-9436, 315-789-1522, or hoggardc@redcrossfingerlakes.org. Check for schedule updates at www.redcrossfingerlakes.org

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