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Red Cross Disaster Training Institute Set for Jan. 22 – Feb. 5

It’s Disaster Institute Time!  Want to learn how to run a shelter or what is involved with disaster assessment?  These are just 2 of the classes being offered during our January Disaster Institute which runs from January 22nd until February 5th.  This is a great opportunity to find out what other positions do and learn a new skill.   To look at the offerings and sign up for a class go to volunteer connection and from the “my shifts’ tab scroll down to disaster training.


You can also download the schedule. 2015 Winter Disaster Training Institute Schedule_v4


If you’re not a Red Cross volunteer yet, call Christina Aberle at 702-531-0228 or email her at Christina.Aberle@redcross.org






Pillow Case Project: What Will You Bring With You When Disaster Strikes?

We can’t stop disasters (though we wish we could) but what we can do is be prepared when disaster strikes.  The Pillowcase Project is an initiative that was inspired by the ingenious children that began using their pillowcases to grab their most cherished belongings during Hurricane Katrina.

The goals of The Pillowcase Project are to:

1. Help students become familiar with the types of disasters that affect our local area such as earthquakes,  fires and floods.

2. Inform students and, by extension, families about the importance of creating a disaster preparedness kit and plan.


What we have found is that by teaching one child about disaster preparedness through the Pillowcase Project we are able to teach an entire family.

The American Red Cross of Southern Nevada is a huge supporter of this national initiative and  we are currently offering free classes for elementary school children to teach them about Emergency Preparedness.

Just this week,  we worked with a local Las Vegas Valley Girl Scout camp to teach the scouts how they can help their families be prepared for and what to do during a disaster.


If your class or organization would like to have this fun and useful presentation delivered free of charge, please email Sean Ward at sean.ward@redcross.org. He would be delighted to arrange a presentation with your school or organization.



Red Cross “Ready to Respond” Disaster Institute In Full Swing




The Southern Nevada chapter has been pretty busy the last weeks before our Disaster Institute started last week. Preparation of student packets, projectors, signage, scheduling instructors… it’s all led up to 10 days of classes scheduled from 8am to 10pm every day.

Volunteers have come in to teach our new volunteers the skills that they’ll need responding to disaster and how to set up a disaster operation.

That training came in handy this summer when Red Cross volunteers set up a 2 week disaster response to our local wildfires on the Spring Mountain range. This was followed by a neighborhood evacuation following a severe storm.

American Red Cross volunteers and staff are trained the same curriculum around the country so that, when a group come together to respond to a large disaster event such as Superstorm Sandy, everyone will have the same knowledge on how all procedures are carried out.

This valuable training is only available at your local Red Cross chapter, and anyone is welcome.  If you have questions about this, or upcoming Institutes, call 702- 531-0228.



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