Red Cross holds training for volunteers

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF) – On Thursday, a group of at least 13 people showed up for Red Cross Disaster Cycles Services Orientation.

“Every volunteer before they are deployed to any disaster locally, or outside of our local area would be trained prior to leaving,” Executive Director of Red Cross of Southeast Tennessee Julia Wright said.

Chattanooga resident, Tayler Oakes attended the training orientation.

The registered nurse is one of some volunteers hoping to be deployed to help people affected by Harvey.

“I saw how bad they need healthcare workers and just so many people sick and hurting down there.  I mean that’s why I became a nurse is to help people.  So I figured I definitely need to go and help out now that I have the time,” Oakes said.

This week the Red Cross hosted Disaster Cycle Services Orientation, Shelter Fundamentals, Feeding Fundamentals, and Disaster Assessment training classes.

Disaster Program Specialist Terri Perdue is helping train volunteers in disaster assessment.

“In the class they’ll understand how they can use their cell phone or tablet and take the information and put it right into the system.  So then at the command center we can see the bigger picture of what’s happening, how many homes in a given area,” Perdue said.

Disaster Program Specialist Brooke Powell said because of Harvey they’ve seen an influx of volunteers.

“We’ve had training classes going on since Tuesday and Thursday, just training them in specialized efforts that will, that are needed now in Texas,” Powell said.

The Red Cross of Southeast Tennessee is planning to offer more training for volunteers next week.

For more information on volunteering contact the local chapter in Chattanooga at (423) 265-3455.

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