PUBLISHED: 5:00 PM on Wednesday, July 26, 2006
Disaster training courses offered
American Red Cross
The worst national disaster in U.S. history occurred when Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Wilma hit the coastal states in 2005. Alaskans offered their services, their resources and their homes. The American Red Cross of Alaska trained 800 people statewide and sent more than 200 volunteers to the affected areas. We also helped more than 110 families who came to Alaska to start over.

It is truly an awe-inspiring sight when the Red Cross office fills up with people who just want to help in the face of disaster, but it can be difficult to get those people trained and out on assignment while still taking care of the day to day office operations as well as handling local emergencies and dealing with the extraordinary circumstances of a disaster the magnitude of Katrina, Rita and Wilma.

With new training guidelines and background check requirements set forth by the American Red Cross at the national level, it is more important than ever for us to recruit and train people before disaster happens.

The American Red Cross of Alaska will be offering the first in a series of disaster training courses - Community Services Overview from 6-9 p.m. Wednesday, July 26. This course is designed to give an informative overview of activities performed in support of disaster relief operations while providing quality and effective service delivery to our clients. The course is three hours in length and open to the public.

Now is the time to get trained. The Southeast district office of the American Red Cross of Alaska will be offering disaster training at 6 Wednesday evenings starting July 26. Pre-registration is required as space is limited, and some classes have prerequisites.

If you are interested in training to respond to disasters on a national or local level, contact our office for a schedule of training courses (907) 463-5713.

Governed by volunteers and supported by community donations, the American Red Cross of Alaska is dedicated to saving lives and helping Alaskans prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies.

For more information about the American Red Cross of Alaska, please visit our website at