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“Disaster Response Training” is provided by the Red Cross to new volunteers



Indianapolis, Indiana – Help is needed for wildfires and residential fires, according to the Indiana Red Cross. The group organized a Disaster Response Training for brand-new volunteers on Saturday.

Ninety percent of the Red Cross staff are volunteers, according to officials.

According to Brandon Kempf, Disaster Program Specialist for the Red Cross in the Indiana Region, the work performed by volunteers is crucial.

“We couldn’t do what we do without volunteers,” Kempf said. “It’s very important that people are dedicated to this mission and willing to get the training necessary for it.”

Attendees at the session on Saturday gained knowledge from instructors who had firsthand knowledge of the group’s endeavors.

Kempf said, “Volunteers are going to come in and in one day they’re going to learn all the necessary tools and skills, to become a disaster action team specialist with the Red Cross. They’re going to learn from certified disaster instructors about what to expect when a disaster happens in their area and how to handle that with the Red Cross.”

Volunteers might anticipate being dispatched to a variety of disasters, such as hurricanes or wildfires throughout the nation, as well as tornadoes, floods, or building fires near them.

In the wake of Hurricane Idalia, the nonprofit dispatched and continues to dispatch volunteers from Indiana to assist both physically and virtually in Florida.

Kempf asserts that one can never be certain what to anticipate when volunteering.

“When volunteers are out on the scene, they’re making sure that we’re giving our clients the best. We can provide because they just went through probably one of the worst days of their lives,” Kempf said. “What we’re really trying to teach here is give them the tools to stay collected and provide that assistance”

Approximately twice a year, the Indiana Red Cross arranges Disaster Response Training throughout the state.