Date(s) - 04/14/2017
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
San Andreas Town Hall
Ask the average person about the American Red Cross and chances are they will mention disasters like fires and floods. But the majority of the disasters the American Red Cross here in Calaveras County responds to are single-family house fires, which affect families locally. Since last Christmas, Calaveras has responded 9 times to assist families that were devastated by a house fire.
At a scene, Red Cross volunteers work side-by-side with firefighters and other emergency personnel to ensure victims are given immediate relief. Immediate relief means getting them what they need most without waiting a day or more — food, lodging, clothing, medication replacement, and mental health counseling. In the days following a disaster, the Red Cross continues to work with families while they find ways to rebuild their lives.
The Red Cross is made up from a workforce that is 96% volunteer based and is currently recruiting new members to join the Disaster Action Team (DAT) here in Calaveras. “Our goal is to have enough teams of volunteers to cover each Fire Protection District in Calaveras County so that when a disaster (large or small) strikes, the Red Cross can be ready and respond within two hours,” said Debbie Calcote, Disaster Program Manager.
Lend a helping hand and sign up today for the Disaster Action Team (DAT) general meeting where you will be able to get your questions answered and come away with a better understanding of what your neighbors in the Red Cross do. All Red Cross training is FREE for individuals responding to and assisting with the recovery from a disaster. The Disaster Action Team (DAT) is charged with the initial response for most, if not all, disaster events.
This push for Amador, Calaveras & Tuolumne Counties is for anyone who lives within this region. Our DAT teams are responsible for the providing coverage 7 days a week, 24 hours a day to those in the service delivery area of Calaveras, Amador, & Tuolumne Counties. If you live outside of these Counties, whether it be in San Joaquin, Shasta, Mariposa or Tallahassee, Florida there’s a need for Red Cross DAT members.
Upcoming training, both online and classroom, will train volunteers to:
• Respond to disaster calls, large and small, appropriately when on call.
• Perform disaster assessments.
• Assist in opening, operating and closing a shelter.
• Provide Red Cross services to individuals without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age or handicap.
Upon successful completion of approximately 3.5 hours of DAT training, volunteers will then be able to respond to local disasters with additional training offered to improve those basic skills.
The American Red Cross will be hosting a general interest meeting at the San Andreas Town Hall on Friday, 14 April at 6:00PM with some light refreshments to answer any questions you may have regarding this valuable program. To attend or for more information, please contact Dennis Lewis .