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As Red Cross shelters remain open and workers continue meeting with parish leaders to respond to arising needs, volunteers are planning and preparing supplies for anticipated needs in the days ahead. New volunteers have been joining the Red Cross team, including 16 who learned Sunday how to perform the activities related to Red Cross damage assessment. Additional opportunities for those who want to volunteer are available this week.

"We are grateful for the new and existing Red Cross volunteers who make our team special and able to respond to the needs of our neighbors," said Michelle Davison, executive director for the Red Cross in north Louisiana. "Red Cross volunteers train to have the skills and confidence to help others while providing the comfort and care that's required first."

The workshops are:

  • Wednesday, June 10, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.: Client Casework, preparing Red Cross volunteers to work in concert with disaster clients and in collaboration with other agencies to ensure the resident's immediate emergency disaster-caused needs are met.
  • Wednesday, June 10, 1 p.m.-5 p.m.: Health Services Responders, covering the services that Health Services responders (who must be licensed medical providers such as nurses and doctors) provide on disaster responses in places such as shelters, emergency aid stations, on outreach teams and while performing hot shots.
  • Thursday, June 11, 6 p.m.-10 p.m.: Shelter Fundamentals, introducing the guidelines and procedures for setting up, organizing, running and closing a shelter during a disaster.

All classes will be offered at the Red Cross office in Shreveport, 805 Brook Hollow Drive.

Red Cross volunteers and potential volunteers who would like to attend training should register by contacting Maureen Gallagher at Maureen.Gallagher@redcross.org or (800) 229-8191 ext. 3132. Groups (such as Sunday School classes, neighborhood associations, social or service groups) are welcomed to join together. Learn more about Red Cross volunteering and register online at http://www.redcross.org/volunteer

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  • Do not walk through flowing water, as drowning is the number one cause of flood deaths. Six inches of moving water can knock you off your feet;
  • Do not drive your car through a flooded area, as it does not take much water to carry away a vehicle. Do not drive around road barriers, because you do not know if the road of a bridge has been washed out;
  • Stay away from power lines and electrical wires, as electrical current can travel through water. Report downed power lines to your utility company.

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