Red Cross seeking disaster action volunteers

The American Red Cross, Onondaga-Oswego Chapter's Disaster Action Team (DAT) responds to each and every "working" residential fire and now every "signal 99" call, around the clock, each and every day of the year. They provide at no cost, whatever services individuals and families may need including lodging, meals, clothing, mental health counseling and prescription medication replacements, as well as a variety of other individualized services. This service is a tremendous comfort to victims.

The Onondaga-Oswego Chapter has about 12 active DAT volunteers, who serve on a rotating on call basis to respond to the needs of people directly at the scene of a disaster or they may be called upon to help with the opening and managing of a shelter for a larger scale disaster.

Mike Kinahan has been volunteering with the Red Cross DAT for over 12 years.

The Disaster Action Team would not be possible if it wasn't for our hardworking volunteers, people just like you. Just think how good it would feel to lend a helping hand. Red Cross everyday heroes come from all walks of life. They're all ages. Everyone has something special to offer ... including you.

Even though nine people came out for the Jan. 8 recruitment night. The Red Cross still needs more help. Right now.

It's easy to become a Disaster Volunteer with adequate training and a self study guide that will be supplied along with background information on exactly what you will be doing, why and how it is done. Before beginning this position you will complete an interview process and the American Red Cross Orientation.

For more information on this or other volunteer opportunities contact the chapter at 234.2200 or www.syrarc.org.

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