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Red Cross volunteer information session Jan. 18 at Thompson Free Library

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DOVER-FOXCROFT — Member of the public can help people affected by disasters. Learn more at an American Red Cross information session about how to help fulfill the humanitarian mission of the Red Cross. The session will be held at the Thompson Free Library, 186 East Main Street, from 5:30-6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 18.

Topics will include an overview of Red Cross disaster cycle services, training, deployment to major disasters and available volunteer roles.

Across the nation, the Red Cross responds to an emergency every 8 minutes. The Red Cross is there for people affected by home fires, hurricanes, floods and more – every day, wherever they are.

“Volunteers lead the Red Cross mission in emergency preparedness, prevention and response,” Disaster Program Manager Kristen Simas said. “Your time and talents can make a real difference in the community and for people in need.”

Volunteer opportunities in the following areas are now available in Piscataquis County:

Disaster Action Team, these responders are dispatched to disaster scenes – often home fires – to provide immediate help. They assess the needs of the affected individuals and make sure they have food, a safe place to sleep and other essentials.

Casework, work one-on-one with individuals and families affected by disaster. Help them develop a recovery plan, problem solve, determine what community and government resources may be available to them and provide referrals.

Sheltering, Red Cross shelters offer a safe place to stay during disasters, health services, emotional support, information, meals, snacks, water and more. Shelter workers may help with shelter set up, feeding, distributing supplies and other shelter operations, including registering people and addressing their needs.

Feeding, volunteers prepare and serve snacks, meals and beverages for people affected by disaster. It may take place in shelters, at feeding sites or in neighborhoods, using Red Cross emergency response vehicles.

Logistics, these volunteers support Red Cross disaster responses in the areas of supplies, transportation, procurement, warehousing and facilities.

Home fire campaign, home fire safety teams visit homes to assess and test existing alarms, install free smoke alarms, help residents develop escape plans and review fire safety checklists with them. Volunteers may also be involved in organizing home fire safety and installation events.

For more information or to register, contact Simas at Kristen.Simas@redcross.org or 941-2903 extension 404.

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BECOMING A RED CROSS VOLUNTEER — Red Cross disaster volunteers help people affected by disasters large and small. Learn how you can help people in need at an informational session at the Thompson Free Library, 186 East Main Street in Dover-Foxcroft, at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 18.

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