UNION COUNTY – When disasters strike and people are forced from their homes, the Red Cross responds by opening shelters and providing food, clothing and comfort. During the past several weeks shelters have been opened throughout the country as blizzard conditions have stranded motorist and power outages have forced people from their homes.
Disaster shelters volunteers lend a helping hand to those in need in their local communities or may even be deployed upon their request, across the country. The Tri-County Red Cross, through a Union County grant, is recruiting and training volunteers to staff local chapters during times of disaster. Volunteers are given free classes of just nine hours to become certified shelter volunteers, and then are entered into a nationwide database to be called on if disaster strikes.
Over 200 individuals have completed classes during the last six months – and additional classes are being scheduled throughout Union County through the end of May.
Upcoming training classes are scheduled for the month of March at:
Ralph G. Froehlich Public Safety Building
300 North Avenue, 2nd floor, Westfield
Part I – Thursday, March 11, 6– 9 p.m.
Part II – Thursday, March 18, 6– 9 p.m.
Part III – Thursday, March 25,6– 9 p.m.
Union County Vocational Technical School
1776 Raritan Road, Scotch Plains
Part I – Tuesday, March 16, 6– 9 p.m.
Part II – Thursday, March 23, 6– 9 p.m.
Part III – Thursday, March 30, 6– 9 p.m.
To register or learn about additional dates, times and locations go to: tricountyredcross.org/disaster/dc.html or call the Red Cross at 1-908-756-6414, ext. 21
Participants must be 18 years of age or older and must complete all three course segments in sequence to serve as a disaster shelter volunteer.
Additional trainings, open to the public, are continuously being added throughout the Greater Union County area. Training classes can be arranged specifically for civic organizations, houses of worship, businesses or other groups that want to be trained to help when help is needed most.
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