NORWALK, Conn. -- The Red Cross and VolunteerSquare are offering a disaster response orientation class on Oct. 19 in Norwalk.
The groups are offering the special "Ready When the Time Comes" disaster response orientation with 45-minute orientation sessions that will run at various times from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 19 at the SoNo Field House in Norwalk.
"Connecticut has faced several extreme weather challenges in recent years, from Tropical Storm Irene to a crippling October snowstorm, then Superstorm Sandy and a February 2013 blizzard," said the release. "In the aftermath of these storms, residents had to cope with extended power outages, property damage and other impacts. In the wake of these disasters, the Red Cross was there to help with the recovery needs of people across the state."
Red Cross disaster relief consists mostly of "trained volunteers who give their time to help neighbors in need," according to the release.
“Our American Red Cross workforce is more than 96 percent volunteer. Without the help of volunteers, we could not fulfill our mission to alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies,” said American Red Cross Connecticut and Rhode Island Region CEO Mario Bruno in the press release.
Bruno added that the Oct. 19 sessions would provide "important information about disaster preparedness and response to help residents better prepare their own families" for times of disaster, according to the release.
“By participating in this special program, people can learn how to better prepare themselves and their families for emergencies and how to help make their communities better, safer places to live by volunteering with the American Red Cross,” Bruno said in the release.
Rachel Reese, Executive Director of VolunteerSquare, said in the release that the partnership was important because "disaster readiness and response help to build stronger, more resilient communities."
“Together with the American Red Cross, we hope to educate as many people as possible about how to prepare yourself, your home, your family and your neighborhood for a disaster," Reese said in the release. "Plus, we want you to understand how you can volunteer with the American Red Cross not only after a disaster hits but before and during a crisis as well.”
To pre-register for a preferred time slot, residents are asked to visit Volunteer Square's website.