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Red Cross shelter workshop planned

By TRAVIS HANDY
travis@southwesttimes.com

In times of emergency, such as during last week’s flooding that required evacuation of many residents, there is a need for shelter assistance for those forced from their homes. The Red Cross often establishes public shelters for regions affected by emergencies, and in most cases those shelters require trained shelter workers to assist with operations.

The American Red Cross offers instructor-led, basic level courses designed to share information with partner agency shelter workers that will result in providing quality service to clients at Red Cross disaster shelters. One of these workshops will be provided to the public and sponsored by Pulaski County Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) Wednesday, Feb. 13 from 1 to 3 p.m. at Pulaski Train Depot.

The workshop will provide pre-incident training and orientation materials to partner agency shelter teams. It also provides shelter identification and operational materials to facilities prior to opening as a “Red Cross partner” or “Red Cross supported” disaster relief shelter during actual time of operation. In addition, it will explain how the Red Cross goes into action in response to an emergency and how shelters are set up when they are needed.

The purpose of the workshop will be to provide an orientation to the activities and duties of partner agency shelter workers in a shelter operation. The workshop is free and open to the public. Any interested party is invited to attend.

For further information or to sign up to attend the workshop, contact Pulaski County RSVP at 980-3969.

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