ANCHORAGE, AUGUST 30, 2017- Today the American Red Cross of Alaska announces a plan to provide volunteer opportunities to those Alaskans interested in helping with large disasters like Hurricane Harvey, but also when smaller disasters like home fires happen in local communities.
Hurricane Harvey has displaced tens of thousands of individuals, and the Red Cross is in need of volunteers to deploy to assist in recovery efforts that will continue for months.
The Red Cross of Alaska appreciates the overwhelming interest of the public to volunteer. Due to the tremendous outpouring of support, the Alaska chapter has scheduled a series of new volunteer training sessions that will prepare Alaskans to potentially deploy to Texas over the next few months. Once the training program is completed, new volunteers will also be qualified to respond to local disaster efforts.
“We greatly appreciate the response in our community to assist,” said Kelley McGuirk, Regional Disaster Officer at the Red Cross of Alaska. “Please be aware this will be an extremely challenging deployment. You must be in good physical and mental health and know that this can be mentally and emotionally exhausting.”
Volunteer training courses will begin next week in Anchorage and Fairbanks, and begin September 15 in Juneau.
The effects of Harvey will be felt for a long time. New volunteers interested in deploying with the Red Cross of Alaska should allow about a months’ time for the on boarding process to be complete.
The safety of the people we serve and the volunteers who help them is of utmost importance. Procedures are in place to track who is volunteering for the Red Cross to help keep people safe. This includes running a background check on all volunteers who will work directly with the people who turn to us for help or have access to funds. Volunteers also sign an agreement to abide by our code of ethics and conduct.
Once new volunteers are in the Red Cross system and qualify to deploy, they can expect their deployment to last for approximately 14 days.
Volunteer Training Course Details:
Anchorage Training Details
You will be required to attend one of the Red Cross of Alaska New Volunteer Orientation courses as well as one of the Saturday Shelter Fundamentals and Shelter Exercise.
Red Cross of Alaska New Volunteer Orientation
Please register for one of the following dates:
- Tuesday, September 5, 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Register here: http://www.cvent.com/d/xtq75p
- Wednesday, September 6 , 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Register here: http://www.cvent.com/d/ltq75t
- Wednesday, September 13, 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Register here: http://www.cvent.com/d/ttq75g
- Thursday, September 14, 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Register here: http://www.cvent.com/d/0tq7t6
Anchorage Fire Training Center
1140 Airport Heights Dr, Anchorage, AK 99508
- Hurricane Harvey Response Overview
- Red Cross Values and Mission
- General Volunteer Opportunities
- Disaster Cycle Services: An Overview; Expectations and Next Steps for Deployment
After completing the New Volunteer Orientation course, the next step is to attend a Shelter Fundamentals course and Exercise.
Shelter Fundamentals course and Exercise dates:
Please register for one:
Saturday, September 9, 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Register here: http://www.cvent.com/d/btq7th
Saturday, September 16 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Register here: http://www.cvent.com/d/vtq7t7
Alaska Fire Training Center: 1140 Airport Heights Dr, Anchorage, AK 99508
- Red Cross course: Shelter Fundamentals
- Red Cross course: Everyone is Welcome
- Shelter Exercise
For questions on Anchorage training courses, please contact Celia Jackson at firstname.lastname@example.org
Fairbanks Training Details
Course date: Tuesday, Sept 5 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Register here: http://www.cvent.com/d/5tq7tj
Red Cross of Alaska Fairbanks office: 3501 Lathrop Street, Unit #G Fairbanks, AK 99701
- Disaster Cycle Services overview
- Sheltering Fundamentals
For questions on Fairbanks training courses, please contact Lori Wilson at email@example.com
Juneau Training Details
Southeast Disaster Institute
A three-day workshop:
Friday, September 15, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Saturday, September 16, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday, September 17, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Register here: http://www.cvent.com/d/ktq7t8
101 Egan Drive, Juneau, Alaska 99801
The American Red Cross of Alaska will host its Southeast Disaster Institute from September 15 to 17, at Centennial Hall in Juneau, during the Ready or Not, Don’t Get Caught! Juneau Safety and Preparedness Expo. Topics include:
- Disaster Action Team Fundamentals
- Casework & Recovery
- Intro to Disaster Services
- Bulk Distribution
- Disaster Assessments
- FEMA Shelter Field Guide
- Shelter Operation Simulation
101 Egan Drive, Juneau, Alaska 99801
For questions on Juneau training courses, please contact Andrew Bogar at Andrew.firstname.lastname@example.org
Additional classes may be offered at later dates if classes fill up.