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Local Red Cross holding training sessions for new volunteers

The American Red Cross will hold a three-week disaster course in November for those who’d like to become volunteers.

Posted: Oct 30, 2019 12:57 PM

UTICA, N.Y. – The American Red Cross will hold a three-week disaster course in November for those who’d like to become volunteers.

The Mohawk Valley chapter of the Red Cross responds to an average of 100 home fires and local disasters each year. Volunteers from the organization work in teams to find shelter or financial assistance, as well as provide emotional support for those in need of services.

“Home fires and flooding have deeply affected Oneida and Herkimer counties, so we are preparing our people and our resources to ensure that disaster relief remains immediately available to those in need,” said Mallory Brown, executive director, American Red Cross of the Mohawk Valley. “We want to build capacity now, before another disaster strikes. If you have ever had an interest in responding to disasters in your community, I encourage you to consider becoming a Red Cross Disaster Responder this year.”

The American Red Cross ‘Disaster University’ will be held Nov. 7, 14 and 21 at 125 Business Park Drive, Suite 110, in Utica.

There will be orientation sessions for those who are new to the Red Cross, and classes to train volunteers on different procedures, including on-call shifts, victim relief and opening shelters during large-scale disasters.

Orientations will be 4:30 – 5 p.m., and training will run from 5- 9 p.m.

To learn more and to register for Disaster University, call or text Mallory Brown at 315-733-4666 or email mallory.brown@redcross.org.

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