Red Cross looks to prepare volunteers for large fire scenario

If you’ve ever wondered what you’d do if a large fire broke out in Juneau, the American Red Cross is running a workshop this Friday to prepare people for the worst.

The training will seek to train volunteers to set up a shelter in the case of a large-scale fire (such as an apartment fire). Anyone is welcome. The workshop will begin at 5 p.m. at the Hagevig Regional Fire Training Center at 2601 Sherwood Lane. It will then move to a shelter at Faith Lutheran Church nearby, and will run until about 8 p.m.

The training will allow attendees to practice how to open and operate an emergency shelter. Attendees will learn how to organize registration, feed people and house people.

American Red Cross Southeast Disaster Program Manager Andrew Bogar said in a release that having volunteers at the ready will help with the organization’s response to a major fire.

“We need to know that we can expand our response as the situation grows,” Bogar said in a release. “This is actually going to test and stress our leadership volunteers. We need to make sure that we’re addressing all the various activities needed during the early stages of a larger response.”

For questions about how to attend the workshop, contact Taylor Hrupek at (763) 656-9665 or taylor.hrupek@redcross.org.

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