In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, our American Red Cross was going about their business. The importance of their presence can sometimes go unnoticed by the rest of us, but the comfort they provide to victims of any tragedy is never taken for granted. There are countless services and responsibilities they perform, but not without training and education first.
The Colorado Red Cross assembled in Vail for a 3 day training seminar for the first time as a group this past week and the Antlers hosted their inaugural event.
Jody Acres, area Manager for the Mile High Chapter told me “It is so much more convenient to get everyone in one place rather than hold several smaller classes around the State through the year. There is much more interaction amongst the 5 regional chapters this way. It’s more personal and we get to know each other like we haven’t in the past.”
There is so much to be said about the men and women that attend the training. I for one, did not realize that the majority of Red Cross personnel are volunteers. They came to the Antlers on their own time, paid for their accommodations and meals and returned home ready to respond.
Jody also explained the training involves everything from “how to run a shelter to psychological first aid to damage assessment.” She continued “I bet you didn’t know that 95% of the people we help involves single family homes. If there is a fire or flood we are there for them.”
Don’t be hesitant if you feel the need to offer a cash donation at www.ColoradoRedCross.org. I think we all know it’s money well spent. Many Thanks for what they do.
From 7:00AM to 5:00PM, sixty volunteers and staff met in one of our three conference areas.
And a final call out to Jack Jimmer Hymer who stopped in for a quick hello.