Red Cross Offers Local Volunteer Disaster Relief Training

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The American Red Cross Kansas Capital Area Chapter is offering disaster courses throughout the summer to prepare and train volunteers to assist in disaster response locally and nationally.

The past several months have been very busy for the Red Cross, responding to tornadoes, floods and wildfires.

In response to these disasters, the Red Cross opened more than 100 shelters and provided thousands of overnight stays in addition to more than 22,000 health and mental health contacts. Nationally the Red Cross deployed 4,900 trained workers who served 608,000 meals and snacks, and handed out 188,000 relief items such as hygiene items, cleaning supplies, shovels, rakes, gloves and trash bags.

“After seeing major disaster events across the country, an outpouring of people came to us asking how they could help,” said Meghan Spreer, Communications Director for the American Red Cross Kansas Capital Area Chapter. “In response, we are offering courses now to get people trained before the next disaster strikes.”

Red Cross disaster volunteers provide food, shelter, and comfort to families affected by major disasters such as fire, hurricanes, and tornadoes. Courses consist of damage assessment, client casework, driving the emergency response vehicle, and sheltering.

To get started as a volunteer, visit http://www.redcross.org/ks/topeka/volunteer or call 785-234-0568.

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