Red Cross holds training courses to help Baldwin flood victims

This week the American Red Cross has held a number of training courses for folks looking to help out in disaster relief efforts, due to the recent severe thunderstorms and flash floods.

Saturday, May 3, two classes were held at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Foley.

The classes trained and certified volunteers in case work and damage assessment, so volunteers can properly help flood victims in the field.

Course instructors say more classes have been in higher demand due to the high volume of flood victims in Baldwin County.

“Training’s import in this situation,” said class instructor Jack Porter, from the Wiregrass Chapter in Dothan, Ala., “Disaster assessment is one of the main things that we do. We can’t help the folks if we don’t know what they need, the number of homes affected, both major and minor, unfortunately we find a lot of that, but this course teaches volunteers and others who get involved, how to deal with that.”

Porter said he’s happy to be able to educate volunteers during a time of crisis in Baldwin County.

“I love it, when I see that light come on it makes me happy,” he said, “This is what we do, this is what the American Red Cross does. We train people, we go into the field and help out folks.”

To take the classes, you must first become a registered volunteer with the American Red Cross.

To do that, go to redcross.org/alabama, or email katherine.seibt@redcross.org.

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