PUBLISHED: 3:58 PM on Wednesday, May 18, 2005
Red Cross recruiting for response corps

The American Red Cross is recruiting young adults ages 18 and older from across the country who are interested in becoming members of the National Preparedness and Response Corps (NPRC) to help with emergency disaster response.

The NPRC is the foremost young adult disaster response corps in the nation, assisting victims of local (e.g. single family fires) and national (e.g. hurricanes) disasters with American Red Cross emergency aid. Members also provide Red Cross disaster preparedness and health/safety (CPR, first aid) education to local communities, and recruit volunteers. Current team achievements include teaching more than 5,000 children with life saving emergency preparedness information, responding to local and national disasters, and conducting a Cause for Alarm event in order to place working smoke detectors into at-risk Alaskan homes. This year's team members have been able to travel extensively throughout

Alaska, educating community members, training new volunteers, and representing the American Red Cross in rural Alaska. Team members have also coordinated efforts such as an HIV/AIDS awareness bazaar, an International Human Rights film festival, a school preparedness open house, and have helped to establish a University of Alaska Anchorage Red Cross Campus Club.

The 2005-2006 NPRC program begins August 1, 2005 and ends in June 2006. Candidates for the 10.5 month assignment must have at least one year of volunteer experience, be available full- time (at least 40 hours/week) and be interested in teaching and training. Members receive a bi-weekly living allowance, extensive high-quality training, limited health care coverage, child care subsidy (if eligible) and an education award of $4,725.00 upon successful completion of the program.

Applications can be downloaded from Applications for the American Red Cross

of Alaska team will be accepted until July 31, 2005. For more information, contact Heather Adams at 907.646.5408