Volunteers vital to hurricane relief work, 13 people attend Red Cross training boot camp

American Red Cross

The American Red Cross has been responding to relief efforts after Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. None of it would be possible without volunteers.

That's why the organization's Central Pennsylvania regional office is hosting volunteer boot camps for those who want to help.

The Shelter Fundamental Boot Camps are meant to prepare new volunteers for potential deployment to areas affected by Harvey and Irma.

Volunteers must fill out a volunteer application prior to training. Once submitted, the volunteer services team will reach out to you directly to schedule training.

There are several requirements to becoming a Red Cross volunteer. Those include:

  • Be age 18 or over with a valid driver's license and be able to drive
  • Be able to deploy for a 2-3 week period
  • Be able to work 12-hour shifts while deployed
  • Pass a background check
  • Successfully complete a Health Status Record
  • Complete a 6-hour Sheltering Fundamentals Boot Camp (or two 3-hour long courses)
  • Complete a standard Red Cross Volunteer Application

Thirteen people attended the training on Wednesday evening.

The boot camps are Wednesday and Thursday September 13 and 14 from 4 to 7 p.m. in Harrisburg. Potential volunteers must attend both.

Additional training seminars are Saturday, September 16 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in Harrisburg and Lewisburg.

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