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Red Cross seeking Moffat County volunteers for free disaster training

Craig Press Staff

American Red Cross of Western Colorado will be training Moffat County volunteers on disaster cycle services, psychological first aid, and more during sessions Saturday, Aug. 24, according to a news release from the organization.

“Have you ever heard of the five Initial Actions?” the Red Cross asks in its release. “If we are asked to respond to a disaster, such as a wildfire, typically these are the first five actions we take or activities we are planning for: sheltering, feeding, staffing the emergency operations center, damage assessment and public affairs and fundraising. There are many moving parts when these actions take place and we need your help to do it.”

The Red Cross is seen as the primary disaster relief agency in many rural counties throughout the nation.

“In many counties, Red Cross is looked to as the primary agency to provide mass care services to community members that have been impacted by disaster,” the release said. “If there are evacuations and a need for sheltering, we will be notified, and we need your help to be successful. We need to ensure that we have volunteers trained so we can respond quickly and efficiently.” 

Josh Stewart, the Red Cross’ volunteer recruitment manager in Colorado and Wyoming, said local Red Cross volunteers have dwindled over the years.

“We are thrilled to offer this training in Moffat County,” Stewart said. “We have gone through some attrition over the last few years and we need to build up our team in the area. These trainings provide the perfect starting point for any community member that is interested in becoming part of the Red Cross mission to prevent and alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors.  While we have some great folks in this part of our territory, we do absolutely need more volunteers. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me if you’re interested in signing up.”

For more information about training or volunteering with the Red Cross, contact Stewart at 970-242-6646 or joshua.stewart@redcross.org.