TOLEDO - In the wake of Toledo's water ban, American Red Cross is taking steps to make sure that help is available when the next crisis rolls around.
Disaster volunteer training is being held Thursday by the American Red Cross of Northwest Ohio for any interested communities members.
During the weekend's water crisis, the Red Cross, along with several other community partners, distributed over 80,000 bottles of water to thousands of homebound residents in need. Thursday's training sessions are designed to ensure the community has a volunteer workforce prepared to respond to future disasters or emergencies.
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"This is a wonderful opportunity for people to sign up to join our team," said Diane Dixon, volunteer director of the American Red Cross Northwest Ohio Region. "By taking the training now, they can learn the skills and knowledge to help their neighbors in the future should a fire, flood, or tornado strike."
The training includes lessons on responding to crises, including: types of disasters, feeding to large numbers of people, distributing bulk items, and setting up emergency shelters.
"Volunteers are the strength of any community especially during times of emergency and disaster," said Karen Mathison, president and CEO of the United Way of Greater Toledo. "I invite all interested volunteers to sign up for this valuable Red Cross training to make sure we are even more prepared when disaster strikes again."
Thursday's training sessions are being held from 1 - 4:30 p.m. and again from 6 - 9:30 p.m. at UAW Local 12 located at 2300 Ashland Ave, Toledo, OH 43620.