American Red Cross chapters serving all of Wisconsin, plus the Michigan border communities are proud to announce the Disaster Training Conference will be held at the Gruenhagen Conference Center on the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh Campus from October 18-21, 2012. The conference includes classes across several emergency response lines of service. Courses will be taught-by, and open-to, community partners as well as newcomers and long-time Red Cross responders.
Specific training tracks are scheduled so a person can grow within their chosen line of service. Training tracks include: health services, mental health, sheltering, operations management, feeding and disaster communications. Therefore, a person with professional skills, such as a licensed mental health professional, can learn the Red Cross guidance to make their disaster deployment the most beneficial for the people we serve. In other capacities, we are looking for volunteers with a strong will to help others, are compassionate and are ready for training.
All courses will have a strong emphasis on collaborative efforts before, during and after disasters. For instance, fostering working relationships with other first responders, community leaders and mutual aid assets are vital to a successful response. While we have the trained team to establish a shelter, we need the location, which is where our community partners and advanced planning comes into play.
All courses are free to disaster responders, just like the services we provide during times of need. In fact, the Red Cross responds to more than 70,000 disasters a year – more than 1,100 in Wisconsin last year. Course participants will be asked to respond to local disasters first and then as skills and availability rise, they maybe deployed to larger or national assignments. This type of advanced training and readiness can only happen with the financial support of our donors.
For more information, please call either Nick Cluppert, Regional Disaster Training Manager at 920-642-0089 or firstname.lastname@example.org or go to redcross.org/newisconsin for the complete list of classes, registration information and more.